Deadline approaching to run for mayor, council or school trustee in Mississauga

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Published August 15, 2022 at 1:08 pm

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For those dreaming of being mayor or taking a seat at the council table, time is running out.

The deadline for nominations to run for municipal council or a school trustee position is Friday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.

Nominations opened on May 2, and in that time dozens have put their names forward to run for mayor, one of 11 council seats, or 15 school trustee seats.

To qualify as a candidate, you must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, and be a resident in Mississauga or own property in Mississauga.

City of Mississauga, Region of Peel or school board employees must take a leave of absence before filing nomination papers.

To run for mayor, councillor or trustee, you must download nomination papers online or pick them up at City Hall. Those wishing to run for mayor or council need the signature of 25 eligible voters for a nomination. The nomination fee is $200 for mayor, and $100 for city council or trustee positions.

As of Aug. 15, five people were vying for mayor, including incumbent Bonnie Crombie.

Three candidates are running for Ward 1, seven for Ward 2, only two for Ward 3, three for Ward 4, three for Ward 5, three for Ward 6, five for Ward 7, two for Ward 8, 10 for Ward 9, two for Ward 10, and six for Ward 11.

All school trustee positions had at least two candidates running except for Trustee for English Separate Ward 5; Trustee for English Separate Ward 6 and 11; Trustee for English Separate Ward 7; Trustee for English Separate Ward 9 and 10; Trustee French Public Citywide; and Trustee French Separate Citywide, which all only had one candidate running uncontested.

The salary for councillors is reasonable but trustees will need another source of income. Mississauga councillors compensation depends on how many boards the person sits on, and is anywhere from around $100,000 to over $200,000 a year for the mayor. School trustees earn around $30,000 a year.

To see who is running, visit Mississauga Votes. For further information on how to run, visit the City of Mississauga Municipal Election page.

The municipal election is Oct. 24.

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