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Become a candidate

Make your mark and consider becoming a candidate in this year’s Council elections. Hear retiring councillors inspire people to stand for Council.

Knox City Council needs strong and diverse leadership to represent our community. If you are a community leader or feel ready to take on an influential leadership role, consider becoming a candidate in this year’s Council elections. 

Councils are the closest level of government to the community. This is a great opportunity to make a significant impact at a local level.

Retiring councillors from City of Melbourne are sharing their experience to encourage people to stand for Council.

Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO, was the first woman to be directly elected as Lord Mayor in 2018, and she said being a councillor was the most rewarding professional role she has had.

“It’s rewarding because that connection to community and the ability to make a positive difference in people’s lives is something that we can action each and every day in local government.

“One of the things that I’m most proud of is learning ways to work with community, with councillors and executive officers together to create change.” 


Councillor Rohan Leppert was elected to Council 11 years ago, and he said being a councillor is the best job in the world.

“Representing the community is an absolute privilege. I do think you should throw your hat in the ring, but I do think the most important thing is that you have a clear purpose about what you want to do as a councillor.”


Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) is running candidate information sessions across Victoria until August 2024.

Nominations to be a candidate open on 9 September and close at 12 pm on 17 September. Find out more about becoming a candidate on the VEC website.

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