Thinking Of Running For Council This October?

Internet / Phone Voting 2022

The Town of Midland has just released the Candidate Nomination package along with many other online resources that relate to this October’s Municipal Elections for Council and School Board Trustees.

The town page dedicated to the election is: https://www.midland.ca/elections

Are you running for office? The downloadable Candidate Nomination Package is: https://www.midland.ca/Shared%20Documents/Election%20Page/2022%20Election/CANDIDATE%20NOMINATION%20PACKAGE%20FULL%20-%20WEBSITE.pdf and you can make an appointment with the clerk to file your completed documents (and the filing fee) starting on May 2nd!

Make sure that you are eligible to vote this October by verifying your information at VoterLookup.ca

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This election is the first time we have no wards (all candidates run “at large”) so you can pick 9 names (mayor, deputy mayor and 7 councillors) and build your ideal next council for the 2022 – 2026 term. In addition to going “at large” for all positions, we have moved to internet/phone voting. No more line-ups or paper ballots. To get all the details about how this works, see the comprehensive FAQ (frequently asked questions) section on the Town’s elections page (https://www.midland.ca/elections), about 1/2 way down. The most important fact is that you won’t get your voting PIN code unless your name appears on the Voters List. So please visit the VoterLookup.ca website and validate your information early so there is time to correct any mistakes.

If you want to help shape the future of our beautiful community, I encourage you to consider running for public office. It is challenging but also rewarding. The compensation is trivial for the work that you will be asked to do, but it is enough to make you feel valued and that the time you spend is being fairly compensated. You will be expected to read reports, come to meetings prepared to discuss the issues on the agenda, introduce new business that you feel should be discussed and be ready to make some tough decisions after weighing all the information before you. You will also be asked to participate in at least one committee and to attend some public events. You won’t have to do any of this alone. The community will have plenty to say and can help you understand their needs and concerns and you will have that feedback to help guide you in your decision making.

Regardless of the outcome, your participation in our democracy is a hard fought freedom that countless Canadians (and our allies) have paid the ultimate price for you to have and I hope that you will engage either as a candidate for election or as a voter and exercise that right this October 24th when Midland picks a new Council for the 2022 – 2026 term.