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THINKING OF RUNNING FOR LOCAL OFFICE?

Nomination and Endorsement Packages

The District of Houston has prepared nomination and endorsement packages for prospective candidates which includes information regarding specific background information on becoming a candidate, the local election and resources. The nomination and endorsement packages are ready for pick-up at the District Office from July 27, 2018 to September 14, 2018. An electronic version of the complete District of Houston 2018 Nomination Package is available here:
District of Houston 2018 Nomination Package.

Alternatively, an electronic version of the Form 3-1 Candidate Nomination Package to submit to the Local Chief Elections Officer (also included in the complete package) is available here:
Form 3-1 Candidate Nomination Package

*Nomination Period/Package Filing Deadline
Completed nomination packages with the accompanying endorsement package (if applicable) must be delivered by hand to the local Chief Election Officer at the District of Houston Municipal Office: 3367-12 Street Houston, BC between Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. and Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. The deadline for filing your nomination package is Friday, September 14, 2018 at 4:00pm.

IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON THE NOMINATION PROCESS, THE ELECTION PROCESS, OR THE DISTRICT OF HOUSTON OPERATION IN GENERAL, PLEASE CALL THE FOLLOWING PERSONS AT THE DISTRICT OF HOUSTON OFFICE AT 250-845-2238.

  • Jessica Bagnall, Corporate Officer/Chief Election Officer; or
  • Gerald Pinchbeck, Chief Administrative Officer/Deputy Chief Election Officer

Eligible to Run for Local Government Office

In order to be eligible to run for local government office, a person must have been a resident of BC at least six months before filing their nomination documents. In addition, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on General Voting Day;
  • Be a Canadian Citizen;
  • Have been a resident of BC for at least six months prior to the date of nomination (residency is defined in the Local Government Act Section 67) and;
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office; or, be otherwise disqualified by law.

If the person nominated is someone who has been granted freedom of the municipality (does not apply to regional districts), that person must be a Canadian Citizen.

In accordance with the Public Service Employment Act of Canada, federal employees who want to run for local government office must apply to the Public Service Commission for permission.

Disqualified from Running for Local Government Office

A person is disqualified from running for local government office if he or she falls within any of the following categories:

  • Is a judge of the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, or Provincial court;
  • Is an employee of the local government for which the election is being held, unless the requirement of the Local Government Act Section 82 are met;
  • If running for office of regional district electoral area director, is an employee of a member municipality of that regional district, unless the requirements of the Local Government Act Section 82 are met and;
  • If running for office of mayor of councillor, is an employee of the regional district of which that municipality is a member, unless the requirements of the Local Government Act Section 82 are met.

Restrictions to Run for Local Government Office

A person cannot:

  • Hold more than one elected office in the same local government;
  • Be nominated for more than one elected office in the same local government; or
  • Be nominated for or elected as school trustee for more than one trustee electoral area in any one school district.
However, a person can hold elected office in more than one local authority if they’re different authorities (e.g., a person could be a municipal councillor and a school trustee).

Local Elections Legislation
BC Laws - Local Government Act
BC Laws - Local Elections Campaign Financing Act
BC Laws - Community Charter
BC Laws - School Act (School District Trustee Election)
BC Laws - Offence Act

Additional Resources
Elections BC -A Candidates Guide to Local Government Elections
Elections BC - Guide for Candidate Representatives
Elections BC - Advertising Guidelines for Incumbent Candidates in the 2018 General Local Elections
Government of British Columbia - Thinking About Running for Local Office?
Government of British Columbia - General Elections 101
Government of British Columbia - What Every Candidate Needs to Know
Government of British Columbia - Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct

Visit elections.bc.ca for a full list of Elections BC Local Elections Forms

Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials

What is Local Government

Testing your Readiness for Local Office

Local Government Decision Making

Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Officials

District of Houston Chief Elections Officer Contact Information:
Jessica Bagnall, Corporate Officer/Chief Elections Officer
PO Box 370 | Houston, BC | V0J 1Z0
3400 14th Street
P: 250-845-2238
F: 250-845-3429
E: corporate@houston.ca

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