Local government nominations now open

British Columbians considering running for local government positions can now submit their nominations

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development

VICTORIA – British Columbians considering running for local government positions can now submit their nominations to the Chief Election Officer in their community.

The nomination period for nominating candidates seeking election as mayor, councillor, electoral area director, Islands Trust local trustee, local community and park board commissioners and school trustees closes Oct. 10, 2014.

Candidates for mayor, councillor, electoral area director or school trustee must be:

* 18 years of age or older on Nov. 15, 2014, general voting day

* a Canadian citizen

* a resident of B.C. for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents

* not disqualified under the Local Government Act

Prospective candidates for local government office must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the jurisdiction where the person is seeking election. However, depending on the local government election bylaws and the population of the jurisdiction, 10 or as many as 25 nominators for each candidate may be required.

Nomination packages are available from local government offices during regular business hours or are often available online from the local government’s website.

Learn More: www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/elections_home.htm