Are you interested in serving your community and running for Local Government Office? In October of 2018, the Village of Ashcroft will hold its election for Mayor, four (4) Councillors, and one (1) School Trustee.
If this is something that appeals to you, please review the information provided below.
Video Links about Serving on Council
All links below are to videos created by the Province of British Columbia hosted on Youtube and are designed to give you an idea of what you should consider when deciding whether or not running for Local Office is for you. These links will provide you with a brief overview of what it means to be a Local Government Elected Official - Mayor or Councillor.
Characterisitcs of Effective Locally Elected Officials
Testing Your Readiness for Local Office
Roles and Responsibilities of Elected Officials
Local Government Decision Making
Relevant Legislation and other Important Information for Local Government Election Candidates
What Every Candidate Needs to Know
A brochure created by the Provincial Government providing a broad overview of the Election process. This is a good guide for potential candidates to start with.
Thinking About Running For Loal Office
A brochure created by the Provincial Government providing information about the roles and responsibilities elected local government officials may have while in Office.
Responsible Conduct of Locally Elected Officials
Serving your community as an elected official comes with expectations in how you conduct yourself. The Union of Britih Columbia Municipalities, in collaboration with the Province of BC and the Local Government Management Association, have developed a code of conduct that elected officials are expected to follow. The above link brings you to the brochure that has been published on this topc. As well, you can visit the Provincial Government's webpage for more information.
BC Government Local Government Elections Webpage
This webpafge summarizes most of the information that you will need to know. This is a good reference page to save to your web browser favorites for quick access.
Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in BC
A comprehensive guide to assist Candidates with navigating the new campaign financing legislation currently in force.
Local Election Campaign Financing Act
The above act is the legislation that governs local government election campagin financing. New rules regarding campaign financing have come into force for this election cycle. It is imparative that all candidates understand what is required of them.
Elections BC Website on Campaign Financing
Elections BC - a non-partisan branch of the BC Legislature has compiled a wealth of information in an easy to use format. The above link will bring you to the webpage dedicated to campaign financing to help you navigate through the various rules applicable to this election topic. As well, there are links to forms you may require. Review the column on the left hand side to learn more about campaign financing.
Local Government Act - Part 3
The Local Government Act is an important piece of legislation that addresses local government elections in Part 3 of the Act.
Village of Ashcroft Local Government Elections and Other Voting Procedures Bylaw No. 816, 2018
All local governments conducting an election or an assent vote must pass a bylaw that will detail how the vote will be conducted. Although many of the rules are defined in provincial legislation, some aspects of the voting process are defined by the local government though bylaw, such as additional voting dates, the number of nominators a candidate requires, etc. Please review the above bylaw for items specific to Ashcroft.