Nomination Day for the local elections is coming up on Monday.
County Chief Administrative Officer Bill Rogan says anyone planning to run for County council must submit their forms to the County Administration Building between 10 a.m. and noon on September 18th.
“Attending council meetings is very worthwhile. We have already seen some interested potential councillors. Another is contacting myself or anyone in administration that can help you understand the time requirements and those things you are required to attend, the things that are nice to attend and that you could attend.”
Those elected to council will serve a four-year term and are responsible for setting the direction of the county. Rogan explains that there are requirements when it comes to being qualified to run. Some of these include being 18 years of age or older and being a resident of the electoral division they are planning to run in for at least six months.
Although the council is elected, there is a different process to becoming the Reeve of the county.
“Many rural municipalities and many smaller urban municipalities go the route of electing their Mayor or Reeve, that is what we do. You are running for your seat in your division. Once you are seated as a council, the council will choose their Reeve and Deputy Reeve from the elected council.”
Rogan says anyone planning to raise campaign funds should make it known to the County.
“After nomination day, you can go out and raise a certain amount of money. Of course, you must report what you spend and what you make to the provincial government. There are amounts that you must record and verify how you spend.”
Nomination Day for local school boards is also September 18.
The municipal election is being held on October 16, 2017.
Story by Justine Kelsie