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Time to start thinking about running for council or school board – some key dates

We just passed the one-year mark until the next municipal election, so it’s a good time to check out what’s needed to run for council or school board… and some important dates. The election is next October 24th.

City clerk Steph Palmateer says the first key date is May 2nd. That’s when nominations open,  four months later than previous years.

Bylaws prevent signs and other promotional material from appearing before nominations close on August 19th.

“They can start showing their face and attending public events and letting people know that they’re running at any point in time,” Palmateer explains.

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Any resident, residential tenant or anyone who owns property within the Timmins city limits can run.

Palmateer says Mayor George Pirie can file nomination papers for re-election, even though he’s running in the provincial election in June.

“The requirement under the Municipal Act and Municipal Elections Act is that if he were to be elected as an MPP, at that point he would be precluded form running in the municipal election.”

Nominations close at 2:00pm on August 19th for the October 24th vote.

Palmateer says ads will go out around that time, reminding you to ensure that you’re on the voters’ list.

KEY DATES

May 2, 2022 – Nominations open

Aug. 19 at 2:00pm – Nominations close

Oct. 24 – Election Day

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