Bristol Mayor race officially opens today
From today aspiring Bristol Mayors can officially enter the race to lead the city, as the council starts to accept nomination papers.
After months of speculation and election candidate announcements, mayor hopefuls can formally submit their applications.
A Bristol NHS worker, an architect and an environmental specialist are among those hoping to be elected to the new position the city voted in favour of in May.
Directly-elected mayor contenders have until noon on Friday October 19 to submit their nomination papers to the council.
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They must book an appointment with the electoral services department and deliver their papers in person.
The full list of nominees will be announced at 12.30pm on Wednesday October 24 in a meeting in the council chamber at Council House.
The list will be published at noon the day previous, but candidates have a final 24 hours to pull out of the running.
Polling day for the election of both the Bristol Mayor and the Police and Crime Commissioner will take place on November 15.
To run for mayor, candidates must live, work or occupy land as an owner or tenant in Bristol.
They must be at least 18 years old on the day of their nomination; be a British citizen, an eligible Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of any other member state of the European Union.
They’ll need a £500 deposit as well as 30 nominating signatures of people on the Bristol Electoral Register. The deposit is non-returnable if candidates do not poll five per cent of the vote.
You cannot be a candidate if at the time of your nomination and on the day of the election you: are the subject of a bankruptcy restrictions order or interim order; work at certain schools, fire services, police or health services; hold a politically restricted post or have been sentenced to a term of imprisonment of three months or more during the past five years.
Nor can you stand if you have been disqualified for corrupt or illegal electoral practices.
Read more here.
Bristol voted in favour of having a directly-elected mayor in May this year. Of the 10 cities which held referendums, Bristol was the only one which opted for a mayor.
People in Manchester, Birmingham, Sheffield, Coventry, Bradford, Wakefield, Newcastle, Nottingham and Leeds all voted against the idea.
From a turnout of 24 per cent in Bristol, 41,032 people voted in favour of a mayor, while 35,880 voted against, BBC News reports.
Returning officer for the November elections Stephen McNamara said: “The excitement of the elections for Bristol’s first-ever mayor and the region’s police and crime commissioner is starting to build up.
“Elections underpin our democratic process and it’s important that anyone thinking of standing as a candidate is aware of the process, the rules and regulations and the key dates.
“I know there has been huge interest in Bristol’s November elections and I look forward to meeting the nominated candidates.”
Election candidates announced so far are: Craig Clarke (Independent), Tim Collins (Independent), George Ferguson (Independent), Geoff Gollop (Conservative), Neil Maggs (Respect), Spud Murphy (Independent), Eric Mutch (Independent), Daniella Radice (Green), Marvin Rees (Labour), Jon Rogers (Liberal Democrat) and Andy Thorne (Independent), Tom Baldwin (Trade Unionists and Socialists Against Cuts).
Read a full Bristol Mayor election timetable here.