Two candidates have
already filed to run
in municipal election
By Liz Dadson
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Nominations have just opened for the Oct. 27, 2014, municipal election, and already two candidates have filed papers.
Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan is running for re-election.
And Jutta Splettstoesser is running for the office of councillor in Ward 2 in the Municipality of Kincardine.
Twolan said he wants to return to council so he can work toward the completion of two major projects: bringing natural gas to the area; and learning more about the Adaptive Phased Management process for a used-nuclear fuel Deep Geologic Repository (DGR).
"Those are two very important projects for this community and I want to see them through," he said.
In Huron-Kinloss, there are seven positions available on council: mayor, deputy mayor, and five councillors, all voted at-large.
In Kincardine, there are nine positions available on council: mayor, deputy mayor and three councillors, all voted at-large; plus two councillors voted by the electorate in Ward 1 (Town of Kincardine), one councillor voted by the electorate in Ward 2 (Township of Kincardine), and one councillor voted by the electorate in Ward 3 (Township of Bruce).
In addition, there are school board trustee positions available on the Bluewater District School Board and the Bruce-Grey Catholic District School Board, as well as trustees on the French-language public board, and the French-language separate board.
People have until Sept. 12, 2014, to file nomination papers to run in the municipal election. Campaigning begins after they have filed their papers.
To run for office in a municipal election, you must be eligible to vote in a municipality. On the day you file your nomination, you must be a Canadian citizen aged 18 or older, and qualify as a resident or non-resident elector.
You must be eligible to hold office on the day you file your nomination. For example, a person who is 17 years old but will turn 18 before voting day, must wait until he/she has turned 18 to file the nomination.
If your municipality has wards, you can run in any ward – you do not have to live in a particular ward in order to be its councillor. However, if you run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself. Having a campaign office or a business in a ward where you would not be otherwise eligible to vote, does not make you eligible to vote in that ward.
For detailed information about how to become a candidate in a municipal election, consult the Candidates' Guide, click here.
Huron-Kinloss mayor Mitch Twolan has filed nomination papers to run for re-election in the Oct. 27, 2014, municipal election
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