If you want to run for municipal office, sign up for City of Burlington seminars

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Published April 7, 2022 at 11:09 am

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The City of Burlington is hosting a series of information sessions for residents who are interested in running as a candidate in the 2022 municipal election.

The election takes place Oct. 11 to 24, when voters will choose who they want to be their mayor, city councillor, chair of Halton Region and school board trustee.

“Being a part of your municipal government offers the opportunity to make a real and positive impact on the public services that people rely on most,” said Kevin Arjoon, city clerk.

“I encourage anyone who is curious about running as a candidate to attend one of these sessions. It’s a great opportunity to learn what it means to be an elected official, including the financial and personal commitments involved.”

There are four virtual information sessions planned for potential candidates.

April 11, 6:30 p.m., So You Want to Run for Council will be led by Fred Dean, municipal coach and former municipal solicitor. The session will provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of regional and municipal council members including duties, scope, and commitments.

April 27, 7 p.m., featuring a guest speaker from the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.

May 10, 7 p.m. and June 23, 7 p.m., learn more about what it means to be an elected official, including the financial and personal commitments and the legislative requirements. A variety of election topics will be covered, including roles and responsibilities, key dates, rules around nominations, eligibility, fundraising, advertising, and personal considerations and conflicts of interest.

To register, click on the seminar date you wish to attend.

To run in the October municipal election, candidates must be a Canadian citizen, at least 18 years old, and either live in Burlington or you or your spouse own or rent property in the city.

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