Are You Running for Local Office?  Some Information to Help You Along the Way.

Nomination period is now closed.

In an effort to be transparent and to ensure ALL Candidates have the same information, common questions will be posted with answers and information from the City.  This FAQ listing will be updated as questions are generated.

Candidate - FAQ's

Any questions may be directed to our Chief Election Officer (CEO), Tina Penney at 604.465.2433. 

Key Dates

Your Candidates in the 2018 Civic Election Are:

Candidates for Mayor

 
Becker, JohnNomination Package
Dingwall, BillNomination Package

Candidates for Councillor

 
Dinwoodie, BradNomination Package
Elkerton, JanisNomination Package
Hayes, MikeNomination Package
Jaschke, ArianeNomination Package
MacDonald, NicoleNomination Package
Meachen, BobNomination Package
Miller, Susan L.Nomination Package
Miyashita, TracyNomination Package
O'Connell, GwenNomination Package
Simpson, AnenaNomination Package

Candidates for School Trustee

 
Carreras, KorleenNomination Package
Palis, EleanorNomination Package
Sidhu, JesseNomination Package
Sullivan, KatieNomination Package

Make a Difference

Most people who enter into local government / school district positions, do so because they want to make a difference in their community.  Positive differences are made through good governance, and we are happy to direct candidates to publications and resources that may assist them in understanding the art of governance.  

Time Commitment

The time commitment is largely determined by the individual.  However the minimum requirement is attendance at Council meetings, which is presently held every Tuesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. (with the exception of the 4th Tuesday, where Council currently meets at 3:00 p.m.) and preceded by closed Council meetings usually held an hour or two prior to regular meetings, as needed.  There is also the time required to read the agenda and come to the meeting prepared to discuss the business.

In addition, Council members are appointed to City Committees and outside agencies and boards.  That time commitment will depend upon the activities of these committee, agencies and boards.  The Mayor is typically ex-official to all city committees.

Along with the above, there is the ongoing commitment to your constituents, which is left to each individual elected official to manage as they see fit.  For information pertaining to the time commitment required of a School Trustee, visit the School District No. 42 website.  

City Hall Office Space and Resources

The Mayor has an office and an Executive Assistant.  All other Council Members share one office space and can access the Executive Assistant as needed.  The Executive Assistant will arrange for assisting Council with their calendars, meetings, and travel arrangements.

The Role of an Elected Official

Elected Officials are the servant of the public and holds office at the pleasure of the public.  Simply stated, they set the policy, vision and direction of the local government / school district in order to guide the actions of the respective administration and staff.  Elected Officials therefore directs the details of running a municipality / school district, such as determining service deliveries, ensuring leadership in the budget process and properly representing the public at the Elected Official’s table, by creating an overarching vision and direction for the City / School District.

Elected Officials’ Indemnity

You may wonder how elected officials are compensated for their service.  Presently Councillors are paid $28,280.27 annually for their duties and an extra $628.45 per month, when serving as acting Mayor.  The Mayor’s annual indemnity is $74,414.04 annually.  This is paid in monthly installments.  Benefits provided are identified in the Council Indemnity Bylaw No. 2383.  Effective November 1, 2018 School District elected officials are paid as follows:

  • $23,200 for Trustees,
  • $24,700 for Vice-Chairperson of the board; and
  • $26,200 for the Chairperson of the board
Campaigning Rules & Regulations

The majority of rules and regulations are governed by Elections B.C. and prescribed in the Local Government Election Campaign Financing Act .  Additionally, the City has some rules surrounding campaigning as follows:

  • the City’s Social Media Policy restricts the use of City photos and logos, which are proprietary;
  • The use of campaign signs during the election is guided by Sign Bylaw No. 2719, 2015  which states:

A permit is not required for a Political or Election Sign for Federal, Provincial or Local Government Elections, provided that:

  • The sign is not erected prior to the official declaration of the election and are removed five days after the election;
  • The sign area shall not exceed 1.5 sq m (16.1 sq ft); and
  • The sign is not erected or placed:
    1. on any bridge or overpass structure,
    2. on any bridge or overpass structure, 
    3. on any City building,
    4. in any park,
    5. in any highway median, median garden or boulevard garden, or
    6. in the internal median of the Lougheed Highway

 

Generally speaking, while it is understood that campaign signs are a necessary part of any election,  candidates and any personnel assisting them, are asked to apply common sense to ensure signs do not block sight lines for pedestrians and vehicles, as doing so would impose a safety hazard.

The Provincial Government and Elections B.C. has developed information on this topic to assist in informing potential candidates of election rules and regulations and to advise candidates regarding their responsibilities.  

Please refer to the Elections BC website or call 1.855.952.0280 for more information.

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