I'm writing a YA novel about a girl who wants to make it into student council and become a Social Justice Representative. I was told by my old critique group that student council stuff happens near the end of the year so that the people elected get to do their run in the following school year. Just wanted to know if anyone can confirm this or has had any experience with student council in high school, either direct or indirect--if someone you knew was part of it--and shed some light on it for me. Particularly for my story, I want it to start at the beginning of the year and have the first half of the book and school year to go towards my character campaigning for the position. In both of my first two drafts, I made it so that as candidates for the position, my main character and her opponent need to have a social cause to fight for, and the particular social issues they respectively choose are the ones they need to argue for as more important to tackle. The winner is of course picked by votes from the student body, but this is all based on my assumptions on how student council runs. Please let me know how this stuff actually works so that I could be more confident in tackling draft number three.