This time last year I had just attended my first candidate briefing, and remember coming out of it feeling overloaded with information and dates and official paperwork to fill in.
Last night was this years briefing and it was much easier to understand what was going on having been through the process before.
The briefing, lead by Julian Wain, who is the returning officer for the election, gave us information on any new processes involved, the time-table of events and most importantly the paperwork we need to become officially nominated candidates. It’s also an oppotunity to ask questions and get clarifications where necessary.
This year will also see all the places on Quedgeley Parish Council up for election too, which also has a paperwork pack which needs filled out too.
What I like about the briefing most of all, it really is the start of the Election Period – having been here before, I have the basic experience under my belt and I can focus on what matters much more than the formalities.
I’m now really excited about the next couple of months and what it could mean for our community.