If you want to help make things better in the city, represent local people, and play a part in Coventry's future, you should become a city councillor.
Elections to the Council are held in three out of every four years. Coventry is split into 18 wards, with three councillors in each one. Each councillor is elected by a simple majority - whoever gets the most votes - and is then on the Council for four years.
Councillors speak for the people in their area, listening to their problems and helping to improve their areas.
Councillors also attend meetings at the Council House in the centre of the city, and speak up for their area. They also decide how the Council spends its money and what the most important things are for the Council and the city.
The easy answer is almost anyone, as long as you are:
You can't be a councillor if you:
Over 95 per cent of councillors are members of political parties, but you don't have to be a member of a political party to be a councillor. You can stand as an independent candidate, or as a group or party political candidate.
Councillors do not receive a salary, however they do get a 'member's allowance', these rates are set by each individual council. You can be a councillor and still have a job, your employer is required by law to allow you to take a reasonable amount of time off work to perform your duties as a councillor. Before making a commitment to stand as councillor you should discuss this with your employer.