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How to toss your hat in the ring

Lorraine Graves   Jul-20-2018

Photo by Chung Chow


If you’re thinking of running for civic office in the Oct. 20 election, Richmond City Hall offers an information package.

The instructions are available at city's website or at the Richmond Elections Office, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Richmond City Hall, 6911 No. 3 Rd.

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According to Ted Townsend, Richmond’s director of corporate communications and marketing, to run in the Richmond Election, a candidate must:

1. Be a resident of BC for at least six months before filing their nomination documents

2. Be at least 18 years old on General Voting Day

3. Be a Canadian citizen

4. Not be disqualified by law

Townsend says, “The candidate nomination period begins on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 9 a.m. and ends on Friday, Sept. 14 at 4 p.m. Candidates and elector organizations are encouraged to make an appointment with the Richmond Elections Office by emailing elections@richmond.ca to officially file their candidacy between those dates.”

The online information for people thinking of tossing their hat in the ring includes videos produced by the provincial government and the BC School Trustees Association. These videos outline characteristics of effective locally-elected officials, readiness for office, and local government decision making.

Townsend says: “On Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018, Richmond voters will be electing a mayor, eight councillors, and seven school trustees. Those elected will serve in office for four years."


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