City of Vernon local election nomination papers available September 2

Potential candidates in the November 15 local election will be able to pick up nomination documents for the offices of Mayor (one vacancy) and Councillor (six vacancies) from Vernon City Hall beginning September 2. Nomination papers must be filed between 9 am on Tuesday, September 30, and 4pm on Friday, October 10, excluding statutory holidays and weekends. There is a $100 refundable deposit on all nomination packages, and arrangements should be made with the Chief or Deputy Chief Election Officer to pick up your papers at City Hall office during regular office hours. Nominations will not be accepted after the deadline.

You may run as a candidate in the 2014 election if:
·         you are a Canadian citizen;

·         you are at least 18 years old on November 15, 2014;

·         have lived in BC for at least 6 months; and

·         are not disqualified from holding office, or otherwise disqualified by law.

In order to be nominated as a Candidate, you will require two (2) nominators who must be qualified electors of the jurisdiction you are running in. You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.

If you are elected to office, you will be expected to serve a 4-year term which officially begins by being sworn in at the Inaugural Council Meeting on December 1, 2014.
Holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending regular meetings (2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 8:40 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm for public hearings) you will be asked to sit on advisory committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time. You might consider talking to a current or former Councillor to find out how much time you will be expected to commit.

For more information on the nomination process or to make an appointment to pick up nomination papers at City Hall, please contact Patti Bridal, Chief Election Officer, by calling 250-550-3524 or emailing pbridal@vernon.ca or Sue Blakely, Deputy Chief Election Officer, at 250-550-3526 or sblakely@vernon.ca.


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