Voters will head to the polls next month for elections that were postponed last year due to the pandemic.
Elections for 143 local authorities in England will take place on May 6, as well as polls for regional metro mayors and police and crime commissioners.
Unlike in the Black Country, where a third of seats are being elected at each authority, all 62 seats are up for grabs on Staffordshire County Council where the Conservatives hold a huge majority.
There are also elections for West Midlands Mayor, and for police and crime commissioners (PCC) in the West Midlands and Staffordshire. The polls were due to take place last May but were delayed due to the coronavirus crisis, which continues to have an impact.
Campaigning rules have changed due to social distancing being in place, while election counts will have a different feel with attendance numbers limited due to Covid restrictions.
Unlike in previous years results will be declared the day after the election in some areas, although Staffordshire County Council will declare on May 8, as will the mayoral and PCC polls.
People have been urged to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the elections.
John Tradewell, Staffordshire County Council’s director of corporate services, said: “If people want to influence how key services are delivered on their doorstep, they should make sure they are registered in time and then cast their vote – either by post, or on May 6.”
The deadline to register to vote is 11.59pm on April 19, while the deadline to register for a postal vote is 5pm the following day.
Scroll down to see who is standing in your area and keep following the Express & Star's local election page for a full preview.
Staffordshire County Council make-up
Current state of play: Conservative 50, Labour 10, Independent 2
Result in 2017: Conservative 51, Labour 10, Independent 1
Seats up for grabs in 2021: All 62 seats are up for grabs in 2021. However candidates for East Staffordshire, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire Moorlands and Tamworth are not listed below but can be viewed by clicking on the links on each area.
Full list of 2021 candidates
*Denotes party that won seat last time out
Brereton and Ravenhill: Alan Dudson (Lab)*, David Green (Green), Peter Kruskonjic (Cons), Gerald Molineux (Lib Dem)
Cannock Town Centre: Sarah Findlay (CCI), Matthew Jackson (Green), Paul Snape (Cons)*, Benjamin Watkins (Lab)
Cannock Villages: Paul Allen (Reform UK), Kenneth Beardmore (Green), Andrea Layton (CCI), Samantha Thompson (Cons)*, Diane Todd (Lab)
Chadsmoor: Philippa Haden (Cons), Christine Mitchell (Lab)*, Jordan Morris (Green)
Etchinghill and Heath: Warren Cocker (Green), David Gaye (Lab), Mike Sutherland (Cons)*
Hednesford and Rawnsley (two seats): Paul Dadge (CCI), Phil Hewitt (Cons)*, Emma Hunneyball (CCI), Dave Ireland (TUSC), Johnny McMahon (Cons)*, Paula Stanton (Lab), Ryan Tipton (Lab), Ronald Turville (Indep)
Brewood: Holly Fuller (Green), Andrew Lenz (Lab), Mark Sutton (Cons)*
Cheslyn Hay, Essington & Great Wyrley (two seats): John Brindle (Lab), Gary Burnett (Green), Steve Hollis (Ukip), John Jones (Lab), Glen Keatley (Ukip), Eunice Lord (Green), Kath Perry (Cons)*, Bernard Williams (Cons)*
Codsall: Janet Lungley (Lab), Ian Sadler (Green), Bob Spencer (Cons)*
Kinver: Lorna Jones (Lab), Bernadette McGourty (Green), Victoria Wilson (Cons)*
Penkridge: Chris Benton (Green), Adam Freeman (Lab), David Williams (Cons)*
Perton: Jak Abrahams (Cons)*, Nigel Caine (Indep), Nick Hill (Lab), Hilde Liesens (Green)
Wombourne: Denis Beaumont (Lab), Mike Davies (Cons)*, Claire McIlvenna (Green)
Eccleshall: Damon Hoppe (Green), Jeremy Pert (Cons)*, Ant Reid (Lab), Edward Whitfield (Ukip)
Gnosall & Doxey: Colin Ball (Lab), Emma Carter (Green), Mark Winnington (Cons)*
Stafford Central: Craig Bates (TUSC), Roisin Chambers (Green), Gillian Pardesi (Lab)*, Paul Startin (Cons), Paul Williams (Ukip)
Stafford North: Daniel Laidler (Green), Jonathan Price (Cons)*, Josie Shelley (TUSC), Phillip Smith (Ukip), Julian Thorley (Lab)
Stafford South East: Ann Edgeller (Cons)*, Julie Read (Lab), Harvey Wain-Williams (Ukip), David Whittaker (Green)
Stafford Trent Valley: Victoria Door (Green), John Francis (Cons)*, Brendan McKeown (CCI), Dee McNaughton (Lab)
Stafford West: Aidan Godfrey (Lab), John Jeffrey (Ukip), Craig Morton (Heritage), Douglas Rouxel (Green), Carolyn Trowbridge (Cons)*
Stone Rural: Daniel Bentley (Reform UK), Jim Davies (Indep), David Nicoll (Lab), Ian Parry (Cons)*, Alec Sandiford (Lib Dem)
Stone Urban: Simon Bell (Cons), Jill Hood (Indep)*, Tracey Lindop (Lab), Rob Norman (Green)
Burntwood North: Jamie Christie (Lib Dem), Tom Loughbrough Rudd (Cons), Sue Woodward (Lab)*
Burntwood South: Darren Ennis (Lab), John Taylor (Lib Dem), Mike Wilcox (Cons)*
Lichfield City North: Kathy Coe (Lab), John Madden (Indep), Stephen Sanders (Green), Janice Silvester-Hall (Cons)*, Miles Trent (Lib Dem), Christopher Wilkinson (Indep)
Lichfield City South: Hugh Ashton (Lib Dem), Paul Ecclestone-Brown (Green), Colin Greatorex (Cons)*, Ann Hughes (Lab)
Lichfield Rural East: Roger Bennion (Lib Dem), Lorna McGinty (Lab), Alan White (Cons)*
Lichfield Rural North: Jan Eagland (Cons)*, Peter Longman (Indep), Paul McDermott (Lib Dem), Simon Partridge (Green), David Whatton (Lab)
Lichfield Rural South: David Smith (Cons)*, John Smith (Lib Dem), Brad Westwood (Lab)
Lichfield Rural West: Richard Cox (Cons)*, Janet Higgins (Ukip), Mark Pritchard (Lab), Fiona Robertson (Lib Dem)