All 20 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council seats are up for grabs in the upcoming election on April 28th, and nomination papers are available starting March 2nd. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) consists of 20 members: 5 at-large councilors, and five from three different geographical areas. Each council term runs for two years and the chair of the council is chosen by the other council members. Residents age 16 and older can be elected to the council, as can business owners and directors of nonprofit organizations within JP are also eligible. The council serves as an "advocate and ombudsman for Jamaica Plain residents, organizations and business people," according to the JPNC's by-laws.