Who’s running for West Lincoln council in 2022?

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Towns and cities across Ontario will elect new or re-elect old councils and mayors this fall.

Municipal elections in the province are set to take place on Oct. 24. In Niagara, that means voters will have a chance to elect their local municipal representatives, as well as the people that will represent them on regional council.

Here’s what you need to know, and a list of who’s running in West Lincoln.

NOMINEES

MAYOR

• Cheryl Ganann — running for a first term as mayor, Ganann is also an incumbent councillor for Ward 3.

WARD 1 (Caistor)

• Jason Trombetta — incumbent.

• Mike Rehner — incumbent.

WARD 2 (Gainsborough)

• Joann Chechalk — was previously a councillor for Ward 2 and served two back-to-back terms before 2018.

WARD 3 (Smithville)

• Terry Bell — was previously a councillor for Ward 3 before 2018.

• William Reilly — incumbent.

REGIONAL COUNCILLOR

• Albert Witteveen — incumbent. Witteveen was first elected to regional council in 2018 and previously served as a township councillor from 2000 to 2006.

DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD OF NIAGARA TRUSTEE

• Deanne Macintosh

CONSEIL SCOLAIRE CATHOLIQUE MONAVENIR TRUSTEE

• Melinda Chartrand

WHAT MUST I DO IF I WANT TO RUN?

In West Lincoln, nominations must be filed with the clerk. Appointments are recommended, and would-be candidates can schedule an appointment and get more information about the process by emailing jpaylove@westlincoln.ca or calling 905-957-3346 ext. 5129.

Mayoral and councillor candidates must fill out two forms: a nomination paper and an endorsement of nomination form that includes at least 25 declarations of endorsement; trustees only need to submit the nomination form.

Candidates must also show proof of citizenship and must pay a fee of $100 ($200 for mayor).

See all the details at https://www.westlincoln.ca/en/township-office/2022-elections-municipal-school-board.aspx.

IMPORTANT DATES

May 2, 2022 — the nomination period begins

Aug. 19 at 2 p.m. — deadline to submit or withdraw a nomination

Sept. 24 — first possible day of advance polls (advanced voting days to be confirmed)

Oct. 21 — last day for third-party advertisers to file their notice of registration

Oct. 24 — voting day

NOTES FOR VOTERS

The township encourages all voting age residents to ensure they’re on the voter’s list. This can be done by going to VoterLookUp.ca.

West Lincoln residents will be electing the following: one mayor, six councillors (two for each of the three wards), one regional councillor and school board trustees (for the English public board and the Catholic board, and for the French board and the French Catholic board).

Chris Pickles, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grimsby Lincoln News

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