With the October municipal voting day getting ever closer, here is information that every resident should know.
The deadline for turning in candidate nomination papers was Friday, Sept. 9 at 4 p.m.
Squamish has six councillors and one mayor. Each elected official gets one vote in council decisions, but the mayor has the ability to determine council’s agenda when elected officials meet.
For the Sea to Sky School Board, Squamish and its surrounding rural area, Electoral Area D, have a total of three spots on the board.
For the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, Squamish’s representatives are chosen from those who’ve already been elected to municipal council.
However, residents of rural Squamish can directly run for the one position available for Electoral Area D.
Both the school board and SLRD follow the same deadlines as the municipal elections, so Sept. 9 was the deadline for nomination papers.
Finally, for those who are a little too young to run for the municipal, school board or SLRD positions, there is still a place for you. The District of Squamish is seeking applicants for its youth council.
And, of course, everyone should get out and vote. If you haven’t already registered, you can do so on Elections BC’s website.
Those who are high-risk or have accessibility issues will understandably have a harder time voting in person. As a result, folks can also request a mail-in ballot.
Remember, voting day is Oct. 15, so unless you plan on voting in advance in early October, make sure your day is clear.
- Advance voting opportunities:
- Wednesday, October 5 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at The 55 Activity Centre
- Thursday, October 6 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The 55 Activity Centre
- Saturday, October 8 – 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brennan Park Recreation Centre
- Tuesday, October 11 - 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Brennan Park Recreation Centre
- Wednesday, October 12 – 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Brennan Park Recreation Centre
The declaration of the official results will take place on Oct. 19.
So who’s running for office? The following people filed papers with the District, indicating they are putting their names on the ballot:
For mayor: (One to be elected)
For council:(Six to be elected)
For school board: (Two to be elected)
**Gurvinder Dhaliwal (Removed from the District's list as of Sept. 19)
• Celeste Bickford (Electoral Area D)
For SLRD: (One to be elected)
Hear council candidates' views
The Squamish Chief editorial team will be participating in the Squamish Chamber of Commerce 2022 Municipal Election All Candidates Meeting at Brennan Park Recreation Centre on Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
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