Nomination period for Municipal Election now open

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Chatham-Kent residents and property owners who plan to run for mayor, municipal council or school board may begin submitting their nomination forms.

Nominations for the 2022 Municipal Election commences Monday, May 2, until Friday, August 19, at 2:00 p.m. Nominations for the fall’s municipal election must be filed in the prescribed form and may be filed with the municipal clerk by appointment. The nomination form must be signed by the candidate and accompanied by 25 endorsement signatures.

The filing fees are $200 for the mayor’s position and $100 for a councillor or school board trustee position. Fees are payable by cash, including debit, as well as by certified cheque or money order. The fee is refundable if a financial report is returned following the election.

Nomination forms can be obtained through www.chatham-kent.ca, or in person at the Chatham-Kent Civic Centre at 315 King St. W. or any municipal centre.

“Until candidates file a nomination, it is unlawful to raise campaign funds or incur campaign expenses,” reads a report from the municipality.

According to the municipality’s website, campaign signs are only permitted from August 25 to October 29.

The nomination period closes on August 19 at 2 p.m. Election day is October 24, and the next term of council begins on November 15.

Current Chatham-Kent Mayor Darrin Canniff recently announced he would be taking another run at the municipal office.

“I absolutely love what I do, and Chatham-Kent is certainly moving in the right direction,” said Canniff. “I’m certainly going to be running again as mayor.”

Canniff was elected as mayor in 2018 and previously served four years as a Chatham-Kent councillor from 2014 to 2018, representing Ward 6.

Bird Bouchard, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Ridgetown Independent News

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