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Call for election candidates

Your chance to be the mayor of Kelowna is coming up.

"Anyone interested in running for Mayor, Councillor or School Trustee is invited to come in and pick up an information package," says Chief Election Officer Karen Needham. "The election office is now up and running out of the Office of the City Clerk and we're here to answer any questions potential candidates or voters might have."

New for candidates in 2014 is legislation under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA), which introduces significant changes to local elections.  “Along with changes that introduced a new four-year term, candidates will also need to be familiar with and follow new campaign financing and election advertising rules,” says Needham.

The General Local Election on Saturday, Nov. 15 is to elect a Mayor and eight councillors to the City of Kelowna City Council and four Trustees to the Board of Education for School District No. 23.

Those interested in running can visit kelowna.ca/election for more information, or pick up a nomination package at the Office of City Clerk at City Hall beginning tomorrow, Friday, Aug 15 at 8 a.m. The period to file nomination papers is between 9 a.m. Sept 30 and 4 p.m. Oct 10.

An information meeting for potential Council candidates is planned for Sept. 24.

Candidate and voter information is available online, including links to the new legislation and an option to e-Subscribe for timely email updates. Residents of Kelowna, 18 years of age and older, can check their eligibility to vote at kelowna.ca/election.

Questions about the upcoming general local election can be directed to the Office of the City Clerk election office on the 2nd Floor of City Hall at 1435 Water Street and at 250-469-8645 or [email protected]

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