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Candidate Information

Thinking of Running for Office?

Serving your community can be very rewarding and there are many good reasons to run for office including:
  • being an active participant in the local decision-making process
  • being able to provide your expertise and experience to the community
  • the opportunity to deal with issues, both small and large, in your community and to lead change.

What is Local Government?

Characteristics of Effective Locally Elected Officials

Are you eligible to run for office?

A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
  • Canadian citizen; and
  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day: Saturday, October 20, 2018; and
  • resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed; and
  • not disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.
A person is specifically disqualified as a candidate for office if they fall within any of the following categories:
  • are a Judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal; or
  • are an employee or salaried officer of the local government [unless a leave of absence is taken to run for office and agrees to resign if elected]; including if you are running as a regional district electoral area director when employed by a municipality which is a member of that regional district; or
  • are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison; or
  • are disqualified from candidacy under any law or enactment (ie failure to file a candidate disclosure statement in the previous election, not making an oath of office, etc.)
Prepare yourself:
  • Attending Board and Committee meetings to learn about priority issues/projects and observe what being a Director on the Regional District of Nanaimo Board might be like
  • Read the Regional District's key planning documents and reports
  • Get to know key groups in the community to understand the diversity of interests in our area
  • Research the internet for information about regional districts and basic facts about the local government system in BC.

Testing Your Readiness for Local Office

Local Government Decision Making

Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Officials