There are two Sheriffs in the City of London. They are elected annually on or around Midsummer's Day by the Liverymen of the City gathered together at Guildhall. By long standing convention one of the Sheriffs is an Alderman and is known as the Aldermanic Sheriff. That Sheriff may proceed for election as Lord Mayor in a future year. The Court of Aldermen undertakes an appraisal process in the Spring of each year to identify the Alderman that will be supported for election the following year. In May 2017 the Court of Aldermen decided to support me for election as Sheriff in June 2018.
The other Sheriff is usually not an Alderman. The two Sheriffs are elected at the same time in the same election, with Liverymen present this year using coloured cards to indicate support for their preferred candidates.
By tradition, the non-Aldermanic candidates ask their supporters to use their second vote to support the Aldermanic candidate and each of the non-Aldermanic candidates has indeed done so this year. In the event of a contested election the Aldermanic candidate maintains a strictly neutral position in relation to the non-Aldermanic candidates.
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