The next Municipal Election to elect a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillors, and School Board Trustees will be held on Monday, October 22, 2018.
Individuals may consider running for one of the following offices:
- Mayor – one (1) elected at large
- Deputy Mayor – one (1) elected at large
- Councillors- three (3) elected at large
- School Board Trustee – one (1) elected per board
A person is entitled to be a candidate in the 2018 Municipal Election if he or she is an eligible elector. A candidate must be eligible as of the day he or she is nominated, and must remain eligible throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.
Who can be a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor candidate?
A person is entitled to be a candidate for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor if he or she,
- is a resident of the Township of South Stormont, or an owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
- is a Canadian citizen;
- is at least 18 years old; and
- is not legally prohibited from voting.
Who cannot be a Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor candidate?
The following people are disqualified from being elected as a member of Council, or from holding office as a member of Council:
- an employee of the Municipality unless he or she takes an unpaid leave of absence beginning the day they are nominated and resign if elected to the office.
- a judge of any court.
- a member of the Provincial Legislature, the Federal House of Commons or Senate who has not resigned from their office by the close of nominations. Proof of resignation must be provided by the close of nominations or the Clerk will not certify the nomination.
- a candidate who failed to file the necessary financial statement(s) in the last Municipal Election or By-election.
To run for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor, or School Board Trustee, candidates must file a prescribed nomination paper. Candidates cannot raise or spend any money on their campaign until this nomination paper is filed.
Nomination papers must be filed by the candidate, in person, or by an agent acting on the candidate’s behalf, at the South Stormont Town Hall, during regular office hours. The nomination paper may not be faxed, mailed or emailed, as an original signature is required. If an agent of the candidate is filing the nomination paper, the form must be fully completed by the candidate prior to filing.
The candidate or the agent filing the nomination paper will be required to present proof of identity.
Nomination papers are available online and can be picked up at the South Stormont Town Hall beginning May 1, 2018 at 9 AM.
Candidates can begin filing their Nomination Papers on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 9 AM.
Nomination Papers can be submitted up until July 27, 2018 at 2 PM.
Things needed for filing:
- A completed copy of the nomination paper
- A declaration of qualification from each of the people endorsing the nomination (only applicable to candidates running for council)
- A declaration of qualification signed by the candidate
- Filing fee
- Proof of identity
Note: nomination papers are public documents and are available for inspection in the Clerk’s Office.
Candidate Nomination Package
Endorsement of Nominations for Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor
The nomination papers of a candidate running for the office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor must be submitted with a declaration of qualification from each of the eligible electors endorsing their nomination.
At least 25 people must endorse a candidate’s nomination for the Office of Mayor, Deputy Mayor, or Councillor. Those endorsing a nomination must be eligible to vote as of the day he or she signs the prescribed declaration of qualifications form.
Candidates must pay a filing fee when they submit their nomination papers. These fees must be paid at the time of filing – by cash, debit, or certified cheque.
The filing fee for a candidate running for Mayor is $200.
The filing fee for a candidate running for Deputy Mayor, Councillor, or School Board Trustee is $100.
Nomination filing fees are refundable if the candidate’s financial statement and auditor’s report are filed on or before March 29, 2019 at 2 PM.
Withdrawal of nomination
A candidate who wishes to withdraw his or her nomination must notify the Clerk in writing before 2 pm on July 27, 2018. The candidate must file his or her withdrawal or statement in person and may be required to provide identification.
The candidate will still be required to submit a financial statement (due no later than March 29, 2019 at 2 PM) covering all financial transactions up to the time of the withdrawal.