Becoming a Councillor - 2019 election

Could you become a Councillor in 2019?

Becoming a Councillor for your local area is a rewarding opportunity for those who wish to influence local priorities and services. You really could make a difference to people's lives in becoming that advocate for your local community.

The new council will be formed on 1 April, with 59 councillors representing 36 wards. Elections to the new Council will be held on 2 May 2019.

In preparation for this Taunton Deane Borough and West Somerset Councils are hosting two events open to anyone interested in becoming a councillor, regardless of experience. 


  • Saturday 16th February from 10am - West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, TA4 4QA
  • Saturday 23rd February from 1pm - Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE 

The events will focus on the practicalities of being a councillor, and give an opportunity for members of the public to discover exactly what that entails first hand from several serving councillors.

Chief Executive James Hassett will be speaking at both events which will also be attended by key council officers including staff from the electoral services team. They will also outline the background to the new council, how local authorities operate and how the democratic process works.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask any questions they have about what the role of a councillor involves and how to stand for election.

James Hassett, Chief Executive for TDBC and WS Councils, said:
“This is the perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to represent their community on the new Somerset West and Taunton Council. We are looking for councillors who can bring energy and commitment to the new council. Anyone elected for the first time will be given all the training and support they need.”

To be eligible to stand for election, applicants must be:
- 18 or over
- and a UK, EU or Commonwealth Citizen,
- and either be registered to vote on the current register with the local council
- or have either worked or lived in the council's area for one year
- or have been an owner or tenant of any land or premises in the council's area for one year

We will be delivering the following presentation at these events.

Download a copy of a nomination pack

Further information on what we expect from you;

Member code of conduct

Roles of a councillor document

Further links/signposting;