What do I need to know if I am interested in running for office?
Nomination of candidates for the 2011 local election will take place from October 4, 2011 to until 4 pm on October 14, 2011. Nomination packages will be available for pick up at the City's Corporate Office (contact information below), beginning August 26, 2011 at 8:30 am.
Candidate Information Session: September 14
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2011
6:30 pm, Port Coquitlam Council Chambers
Are you thinking of running for City Council? Want to know more about what it means to be a City Council Member? Please join us for a Prospective Candidates Meeting to help answer your questions.
Candidate nomination packages are now available for pick up at the Corporate Office, Port Coquitlam City Hall, 2nd Floor, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam.
Please be aware that the City of Port Coquitlam Election Procedure Bylaw No. 3765 has made provisions for completed nomination documents and campaign financing disclosure documents to be viewed online
Packages will be available for pick up from the Corporate Office (City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street, Port Coquitlam) beginning Friday, August 26, 2011 during the regular office hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, excluding any statutory holidays.
Nomination packages will be available for the offices of:
- One Mayor
- Up to Six Councillors
- Up to Two School Trustees
For a three (3) year term; December, 2011 to December, 2014.
Please be aware that the City of Port Coquitlam Election Procedure Bylaw No. 3765has made provisions for completed nomination documents and campaign financing disclosure documents to be viewed online.
Who May Run
You may run for local government office if you:
- are a Canadian citizen
- are at least 18 years old on election day
- have lived in BC for at least the last 6 months
- have not been disqualified from voting in a BC local election
You do not have to live in the jurisdiction in which you are running for office.
Term of Office
If you are elected to local office, you will be expected to serve a three-year term. This term will officially begin on December 5, 2011 (Inaugural Meeting).
Please be aware that holding office can be time consuming. In addition to attending regular meetings – usually one evening per week for City Council – you may be asked to sit on special committees, boards or commissions that also require significant time. You might consider talking to someone currently in local office to find out how much time you will be expected to commit.
For further information regarding Port Coquitlam's municipal elections, please contact:
Second Floor, City Hall, 2580 Shaughnessy Street
Port Coquitlam BC V3C 2A8
8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays)