Thinking of Running for Local Government Office?
Elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community. If you’re thinking of running for local office part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community and the impact you will have as an elected official. The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has prepared a series of videos to give potential candidates information to help answer questions they may have before making the decision to run for local office. View those potential candidate videos here.
Who May be Nominated?
A person is qualified to be nominated, elected, and to hold office as a member of local government if they meet the following criteria:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be 18 years of age or older
- be a resident of British Columbia for at least 6 months immediately before nomination papers are filed
- not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in British Columbia or from being nominated for, being elected to, or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law
Nomination packages will be available beginning Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at Town Hall during regular business hours (8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday, except Statutory Holidays) or by emailing the Chief Election Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Town of Gibsons requires two nominators for each candidate. Your nominator must be an eligible elector for the Town of Gibsons. View the criteria for an eligible elector here.
Nomination Papers can be filed with the Chief Election Officer during the Nomination Period which starts Tuesday, September 4th at 9:00 a.m. and ends Friday, September 14th at 4:00 p.m. We recommend you call 604-886-2274 or email email@example.com in advance to make an appointment. Nomination Papers cannot be received after 4:00 p.m. on September 14, 2018.
A copy of the 2018 Calendar of Important Dates will be included in your nomination package to ensure you are familiar with the deadlines.
Elections BC administers campaign financing for local elections and assent voting in B.C. under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act. For more information on how you can run your campaign, campaign finance limits etc. contact Elections BC:
- visit www.elections.bc.ca/lecf
- call 250-387-5305 / Toll Free 1-855-952-0280
- Fax: 250-387-3578 / Toll Free 1-866-466-0665
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Election Signs and Advertising Information
The Town of Gibsons regulates where and when campaign signs can appear. Elections BC administers advertising rules for local elections in B.C. (see contact information above). Before you get started on your campaign, visit the Corporate Officer at Town Hall and pay your $100 deposit for placing election signs in the Town. Election signs must be removed by the end of the day on Saturday, October 27, 2018 – your deposit will be returned following the removal.
Starting at the beginning of the Campaign Period as defined in the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, elections signs can be placed within the Town of Gibsons. For the 2018 General Local Elections, this is September 22, 2018. All signs must be removed by end of day on Saturday October 27, 2018.
Election advertising signs may not be placed on property owned or operated by the Town of Gibsons, except in the road right-of-way if it does not pose a safety hazard. You may place advertising signs on private property with the permission of the owner.
You are responsible for obtaining the permission of the property owner before placing signs. The Town of Gibsons does not permit candidate signs on municipal buildings, structures, or in locations which may cause a hazard but does permit signs in road right of way, provided it does not limit visibility or create a hazard.
Regarding signage along Highway 101, known as Gibsons Way within the Town, the Ministry of Transportation has suggested the following guidelines for sign placement:
– try not to place signs on curves in the road, if they are placed on curves, sight distance restriction must be taken into account;
– place signs on tangent (straight) sections away from other highway signage, and at least 150 to 200 metres from intersections;
– place signs at least 4 metres or more away from the shoulder edge of the highway.
For further information on placing election signs along the highway, contact Area Manager, Ministry of Transportation, Tel: 604.898.5786.
IMPORTANT: It is an election offense to conduct election advertising on General Voting Day, October 20, 2018. This includes push advertising on social media etc. It is also an election offense to canvass or solicit votes, display campaign material or post signs within 100 meters of where voting is taking place at ALL voting opportunities. Be aware that Voting will be held at the Gibsons & Area Community Center at 700 Park Road, Gibsons, BC:
- Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
- Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
Special Voting Opportunities will be available at Christenson Village and St. Mary’s Hospital on October 20, 2018. Please ensure there are no signs within 100 meters of these facilities on voting days. It is important that you and your agents do not display bumper stickers, buttons, brochures, or any types of unique election campaign signage within this area.
- Potential Candidate Videos
- Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct for BC’s Local Governments