Nom­i­na­tion Day fast ap­proach­ing

The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail

Septem­ber 18 marks nom­i­na­tion day for vil­lages, towns, coun­ties and school di­vi­sions across the prov­ince.

From 10 a.m., un­til 12 noon, res­i­dents in­ter­ested in run­ning for coun­cil are asked to hand in their nom­i­na­tion pack­age.

“It’s good to get peo­ple in­ter­ested in mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment and how their com­mu­nity is run,” said Mark Nikota, Delia Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer and CAO.

A few sim­ple qual­i­fy­ing ques­tions must be an­swered first if one wishes to run for any of the po­si­tions within the gov­ern­ment and cit­i­zen run sys­tem.

Are you 18 years or older? Are you a Cana­dian cit­i­zen? Have you lived in that spe­cific res­i­dency for more than six months prior to nom­i­na­tion Day? If you an­swered yes to all three of th­ese ques­tions then seek­ing can­di­date sta­tus will be a breeze.

Five res­i­dents of the vil­lage or town in which the can­di­date is run­ning for must sign a form to sup­port the nom­i­nee in or­der to be­come a can­di­date. A fee is also re­quired de­pend­ing on each ur­ban area.

The chance to cre­ate sig­nif­i­cant change or build re­la­tion­ships within the com­mu­nity is one of the perks of the job.

“I re­ally en­joyed my old coun­cil and so if they are not go­ing to run or don’t get elected, then I am go­ing to be sorry to see them not be here,” said An­nette Plach­ner, Mor­rin Re­turn­ing Of­fi­cer and CAO.

The Town of Drumheller needs six coun­cil­lors and a Mayor for a four year term.

For Mor­rin, three coun­cil mem­bers are needed to serve a four year term. A mayor is se­lected at their or­ga­ni­za­tional meet­ing. In­for­ma­tion pack­ages and nom­i­na­tion doc­u­ments for those in­ter­ested in run­ning for of­fi­cer are avail­able at the mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties of­fices.

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