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Want to run for Kamloops City Council? Here's what's legally required

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June 09, 2017 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS – The date hasn't been set for the municipal byelection to fill two council seats and the mayor's chair, however candidates from all corners of the city are stepping forward and announcing intentions to run.

Nearly anyone can stand up and say they want to run, but there are a few requirements and a process to follow.

According to Cindy Kennedy, corporate officer with the City of Kamloops, once the byelection date is chosen, the nomination period opens 46 days before general election day. The nomination period is open for nine business days.

Potential candidates wishing to run need to be nominated by ten people eligible to vote in Kamloops, Kennedy says. City council hopefuls then have to fill out the nomination paperwork.

Anyone wishing to run must be 18 years old or older by the general voting day. They need to be a Canadian citizen, a resident of B.C. for at least six months and need to ensure they are not disqualified from running for municipal government.

So far, sitting Councillor Ken Christian, TRU professor Cindy Ross Friedman and Reo Rocheleau - who ran for city council in 2014 and came up short - have announced intentions to run for the mayor's seat. Kevin Krueger, former B.C. Liberal MLA intends to run for a council seat.

City staff will present a report with the chosen byelection date by June 30 and then the candidates' campaigns will officially start rolling.

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