Candidates

Council candidate contact information can be found here

If you are interested in running in the 2016 Municipal Election you can pick up a Candidate's Package from Town Hall, Monday to Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.  The package includes "A Candidates Guide to Municipal and School Board Elections" 2016 along with key dates and nomination forms.  The Town of Wolfville does not require a nomination deposit.  

If you are interested in running in the 2016 School Board Election please click here.

Candidates may announce their intentions to run and start campaigning at any time.  However, a candidate is not officially on the ballot until the nomination papers are filed with the Returning Officer.  For information on the nomination process see below.

Nomination Day is Tuesday, September 13 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Candidate may, by appointment, file nomination papers with the Returning Officer within the five business days prior to Nomination Day.  

The  Candidate Package  can be found here. It holds a vast amount of information regarding the election as well as the required candidate forms.

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Qualifications 
Nomination Process
Roles of a Councillor
Dates to Remember

Qualifications

In order to run for council (mayor or Councillor) you must:

• be 18 years of age at the time of nomination
• be a Canadian citizen
• be ordinarily resident in the municipality in which you are seeking office for 6 months preceding nomination day (by March 13th), and continue to so reside You do not need to reside in the polling district of the municipality in which you wish to seek election, as long as you meet the residency requirement of six months in the municipality.
Page 12 of the Municipal Elections Act 

Nomination Process

Step 1: Obtain Nomination Paper

Visit the Town Hall, 359 Main Street, to receive a Candidates Package, which includes Nomination Paper.You can only be nominated for one office (Mayor or Councillor). You must use the correct nomination paper for the Office.  Information about potential candidates is not public, including who may or may not have taken out nomination papers. Information is only public once papers have been filed with the Returning Officer.

Step 2: Complete Nomination Paper

You will need:

At least five (5) qualified electors.

The names of the people who sign your nomination paper must appear on the list of electors and they must be qualified to vote for you. You should get more than five persons to sign your nomination paper in the event one or more of your nominators is not qualified.

Name of official agent

Your official agent is responsible for filing your campaign finance disclosure forms following the election and can act on your behalf at certain times. You can act as your own official agent but cannot act as such at the polls.

Complete Consent and Oath/Affirmation of the Candidate

The Oath or Affirmation of the Candidate must be sworn. The Returning Officer or another person who is qualified to take oaths must take your Oath or Affirmation. The Oath or Affirmation states that you consent to the nomination, that you are qualified to run, that you have paid your taxes and any charges that are liens on property and that you will accept the office, if you are elected.

Step 3: Provide a Certificate Respecting Taxes from the Town

The certificate indicates that all taxes and charges that are liens that you owe to the Town have been paid as of nomination day and if the Town has provided for payment of taxes by installment or interim payment, all installments or interim payments due as of nomination day must be paid. This is required whether or not you owe taxes or own property.

A certificate can be obtained at Town Hall from Annette Demings, Accounting Clerk – Utilities and Taxes and must be signed by Mike MacLean, Director of Financial Services.  It is recommended that you make arrangements prior to nomination day to obtain your certificate.

Step 4: Pay the Required Deposit

Wolfville does not require a deposit.

Step 5: You are officially Nominated

Once the Returning Officer is satisfied that you have met the requirements for nomination, the Returning Officer will sign the receipt on the nomination paper. You will be officially nominated as a candidate and the information is now public.

Roles of a Councilor

Information retrieved from http://www.ns-municipal-elections.ca/

Make Decisions as Part of a Team

Being a municipal councillor means being a community leader. It is a place where you and your fellow councillors can make a real difference in the lives of the people in your community.

You will have the opportunity to bring your knowledge and experience to the decision making process. It is important that the municipal council be made up of ordinary people with diverse backgrounds and views.

You will decide which services will be provided by your municipality and at what level. These services include things like water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, policing, fire service and snow removal. These are services that often people take for granted but if they are not provided or not provided to an acceptable standard people will be upset.

You will also make decisions about more general services like land use planning, economic development and emergency preparedness. Your decisions here will have a very long lasting affect on the future and, indeed, the viability of your municipality.

You will approve the municipal budget. You will make decisions about how much property tax a home owner or a business or a farmer will pay and you will decide on how much to charge for services like recreation and for things like building permits.

Form Relationships with People in Your Community

You will have the opportunity to formally engage your citizens in the process of making these decisions so that they feel part of the process, so that you can learn from them and they can learn from you.

You will have the opportunity to informally meet, listen and respond to various concerns that will be brought to you attention by your residents. You will find it very satisfying to be able to help someone.

Interact with Organizations Outside Your Municipality

Many of the areas that you will deal with require coordination and cooperation with the Province of Nova Scotia and other municipalities. Individual municipalities, for a variety of reasons, cannot do everything themselves. You will need to understand these relationships and ensure that they are productive and serve the interest of the very people you serve.

Role of the Municipal Staff

You will receive expert advice from your municipal staff and you can expect that the decisions of council will be carried out in an efficient and timely manner. In most municipalities this will be coordinated through your Chief Administrative Officer.

You will ensure that the municipality has a thoroughly professional municipal staff by establishing policies that require that the most qualified candidates are hired, that they are paid a fair wage, that they are encouraged to be innovative and creative and that there is an environment of continuous learning.

Dates to Remember