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Councillor Elections Somerset 2022

In May, elections will be held for the new Somerset Council and that is an opportunity to become a councillor. The current Somerset County Councillor Rod Williams who represents Staplegrove and Rowbarton has written the following piece about the role of a councillor, what it means, what is expected and what the pay is.

BE A SOMERSET COUNCILLOR!

All political parties are looking for candidates for the new Somerset Council.  The role is important for Staplegrove, for Somerset and for our democratic system; how important it is may depend on you. 

The rewards of being a Somerset Councillor will be many.  You will get to know your local geography better than now.  You will meet delightful people. 

You will help people with small things that matter a lot to them.  You will represent large numbers of residents with big concerns, even if opinion ranges between the diametrically opposed. 

You will get some things done.  You may well initiate some big improvements for the future and may prevent a few bad mistakes.  And you will be eligible for an allowance of about £700 per month. 

But don’t stand for election with little or no idea of the role.  I believe the role is three-fold.  First, you represent your residents.  Second, you represent the Council.  And third, you represent the public interest; and this part can need the most thought. 

You’ll need to work on things your residents have little interest in and in areas of which you know nothing.  And due to the privileged information you have, you’ll see things that others can’t.

You must be able to live with frustration.  Much of your life is spent persuading.  You will want it all done faster.  Patience, good relationships and nice  judgement are key to getting things done.

For me, being a County Councillor is a full-time job. As well as being in meetings throughout the day, you need to prepare for them and follow them up.  You need to get away from the screen and out and about.  As a County Councillor, it’s busy.  But in the new Council a Councillor’s workload will increase. 

The new Somerset Council will be different from the County and District Councils.  Somerset Council, Local Community Networks and the Taunton Town Council will be new organisations doing new things. 

This new era will give us remarkable opportunity – to improve the lives of residents, to improve the place we live in and to stimulate the prosperity we need to pay for the improvements we want.  We must take this opportunity.  If you want to be part of it, contact me or the party of your choice, fast. 

And one other thing – you need to get elected in May and devote the next five years of your life to it!

Councillor Rod Williams

Somerset County Councillor for Rowbarton and Staplegrove 07881 922028 – RodWilliams@somerset.gov.uk

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