Workshop being held to provide more info for candidates interested in running in this year’s municipal election

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Chatham-Kent residents interested in learning more about the upcoming municipal election will soon have the opportunity to have their questions answered at a virtual workshop.

According to the municipality, the virtual workshop is perfect for participants interested in running as candidates, working on a campaign team or registering as a Third-Party Advertiser in the 2022 Municipal and School Board Elections.

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent will be running the virtual meeting on June 9 and 6 p.m. via Zoom.

“Register by emailing Registrations must be received by noon on Wednesday, June 8. An invitation with a link to the session will be emailed on the morning of June 9. This is a free session,” said Judy Smith, Clerk/Returning Officer for the Municipality of Chatham-Kent.

Those unable to attend can visit and click the Candidate Information section for further details about running in the election.

The nomination period for the 2022 election began on May 2 and ends on August 19.

Despite the nomination period being open for a few weeks, the upcoming municipal election in Chatham-Kent is off to a slow start.

In the first few weeks of this year’s nomination, just six candidates have registered.

Ward 3 Councillors John Wright and Steve Pinsonneault have registered and will be seeking re-election for council, and Ward 5 Councillor Carmen McGregor. Lauren Anderson has put her name in to seek a spot in Ward 1, and Derek Robertson has put his name in for Ward 6. On the school board side, Robert Demers has put his name in to keep his seat as a Ward 6 French Separate School Board trustee, and David Argenti has put his name in to keep his seat as a Ward 6 English Separate trustee.

Residents thinking of running in the upcoming municipal election must collect 25 signatures endorsing their candidacy.

There is a $200 fee to run for mayor and a $100 fee for all other positions, including school board trustee and councillor.

Anyone over the age of 18 who is a Canadian citizen and either lives in or owns property in the municipality where they are running is eligible.

Nominations close on August 19 and the Municipal Election day is October 24, 2022.

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

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