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Thinking About Running for Local Office?

Before making the decision to run for local office, it's important to think about how you can best serve your community if you are elected.  To learn about the role you will play and the impact you will have on your community, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing’s website where they have put together a wealth of information for prospective candidates.

Who May Run for Office

A person who has not been disqualified from seeking or holding elected office may become a candidate in local elections.

A candidate must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on general voting day;
  • be a Canadian citizen;
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six months prior to filing nomination documents; and,
  • not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Prospective candidates for local office must be nominated by at least two eligible electors from the jurisdiction where the person is seeking election.  A prospective candidate may wish to have additional nominators in the event one or both of the two original people are not eligible to be a nominator.

Who May Not Run For Office

A person is not eligible to run as a candidate for any local government office if they:

  • have been convicted of and sentenced for an indictable offence and are in custody;
  • have been found guilty of an election offence, such as intimidation or vote-buying, and are prohibited from holding office;
  • are judges of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
  • are involuntarily confined to a psychiatric facility or other institution;
  • have been disqualified for specified reasons such as, failing to:
    • file a campaign financing disclosure statement in a previous election;
    • make an oath of office; or,
    • attend local government meetings in the manner and frequency required by the Community Charter; or
  • have been otherwise disqualified from being nominated for, elected to or holding office under the Local Government Act, Community Charter, Local Elections Campaign Financing Act or any other enactment or law.

For further information on disqualification due to financing disclosure requirements, please refer to the Elections BC website

Nomination Packages

Nomination packages will be available on July 27, 2018 at the Cranbrook and Columbia Valley RDEK offices during regular office hours.  To have nomination documents mailed to you, please contact the Cranbrook office at 250-489-2791 or email elections@rdek.bc.ca.

Completed nomination documents may be submitted to the Chief Election Officer between 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and 4:00 pm on Friday, September 14, 2018 only.  For further information, please refer to the Notice of Nomination (to be posted when available).

Term of Office

Candidates elected in general local elections serve a four-year term.  This term begins at the first regional district board meeting following general local elections.  The term ends immediately before the first regional district board meeting following the general local elections four years later.

Additional Resources and Guides

For additional information please see Resources for Voters and Candidates.


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