Anyone wishing to join the Town Council as a Councillor only has to apply and stand for election. Well, not quite any election, not by the electorate of Marlborough East (to fill the position vacated earlier this year by Cllr Edward Northeast), rather to be elected by Councillors on the current Town Council. Technically you will need a minimum of eight votes to win – rather than several hundred or thousand+ that would be required at an election or by-election.
It might be a short-lived appointment. All Councillors are up for re-election in May next year (assuming COVID-19 doesn’t affect the date of the election), but no Councillor has had to stand for election or re-election for many years – since 2011. So unlikely.
But local democracy is based on election by those entitled to vote, a process whereby the electorate decides who should represent them, rather than Councillors (also likely to be unelected) choosing a new colleague to join them in the Council Chamber. Maybe more candidates will come forward between now and next May to represent their peers at this vital first tier of representative democracy?
This latest co-option of a new Councillor will take place on Monday 7 September. Anyone interested in standing should in the first instance contact the Town Clerk, Shelley Parker at email@example.com to find out more about the role and to register interest.