Nominations for elected office come in slowly; no rush from those already in office. Could it be the cold weather?

By Staff

BURLINGTON, ON. January 4, 2014 
There was certainly no rush of current council members to file their nomination papers indicating they will be seeking re-election.  At least one is still on vacation and will not be back until next week.  Candidates can go to the office of the city Clerk and file their papers along with the appropriate fee.

A candidate can withdraw from the election campaign – we saw that happen in 2010 when Paul Sharman filed papers to run as Mayor but withdrew the nomination and decided to run for the ward 5 council seat. 

The list of candidates seeking election will become official on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. After that date their name remains on the ballot.

So far there are two nominations – both in ward 1.  Katherine Henshaw and Jason Boelhouwer have announced they are going to run against three term candidate Rick Craven.  Both have an uphill battle.

All but one of the Significant Seven has said they will run for office again. How many of them will actually get returned to office is a choice the voters make.

Councillors Rick Craven, Marianne Meed Ward, John Taylor, Paul Sharman and Blair Lancaster have said publicly that they will run.  Councillor tends to delay any announcement until sometime in June.  It will be interesting to see if he holds to that practice this time out.

There are a number of known candidates in wards 4, 5 and 6.  They are expected to announce their plans in the coming months.

Mayor Rick Goldring has also said he will run for the office of Mayor again.  Councillor Rick Craven did once say that his running for the office of Mayor was “not out of the question”.

Along with city council members the public are asked to elect a Chair of the Regional Council and trustees for the two school Boards.

The members of the Regional Council are drawn from the different municipal Councils that make up the regional government.  In Burlington every member of Council is a member of the Regional government as well.

To date two people have filed nomination papers for school board seats. Mary Elizabeth Dilly and  Laura Stanciulescu  are both running for the Halton District School Board seat in Wards 1&3.

The city’s manager of public affairs released the following information:

Burlington candidates who wish to run for office in the 2014 municipal election taking place on Oct. 27 began registering on Jan. 2, 2014 and have until Sept. 12 to register.

The election for City of Burlington mayor and councillors, as well as trustees in the Halton District School Board and the Halton District Catholic School Board, are being accepted at Burlington City Hall, 426 Brant St. Registrants must meet the criteria found at on the city’s web site,  under Eligibility to Vote.

Nominations are accepted at City Hall during regular business hours, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Sept. 12, 2014, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. The term of elected office will be from Dec. 1, 2014, to Nov. 30, 2018.

Nomination forms for the position of Regional Chair should be filed at Halton Region

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