The role of local elected officials

Last updated on June 23, 2022

Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community.

If you’re thinking of running for local office part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community and the impact you will have as an elected official.  

These videos give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions that they may have before making the decision to run for local office.

Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials


What is Local Government?


Testing Your Readiness for Local Office


Local Government Decision Making


Roles and Responsibilities of a Locally Elected Official


Local elections
What every candidate needs to know cover

Learn more about being a candidate for locally elected office.

Contact information

Contact us if you have legislative questions about general local elections.

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