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Information for Candidates

Learn more about running for Municipal Council. 

If you are interested in running, the Candidate Information Guide provides an overview of the election process in White City and a summary of the steps required to run as a candidate. 

Candidate Information Guide

Municipalities of Saskatchewan will be holding virtual education sessions for anyone who has an interest in municipal politics or is thinking of running for council: 

Information for Candidates

Municipal Governance 101: Introduction to Local Government 
September 1 at 6:30 p.m. 

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In coordination with the Ministry of Government Relations, this session will cover: 

  • How municipal democracy works; 
  • Roles and responsibilities of council; 
  • Navigating conflicts of interest; 
  • and more.

 

Information for Candidates

Municipal Governance 101: Town Hall
September 9 at 6:30 p.m.

Municipalities of Saskatchewan will host. Attendees will have the chance to ask a panel of leaders their municipal governance questions.

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 Candidate Nominations

To be nominated for an elected position, a person must file nomination papers with the Returning Officer or designate during the nomination period. The Nomination Period is Tuesday, September 22 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020. The deadline to file nomination papers is 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7. Nomination papers will be accepted 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday to Friday. 

The nomination paper is not considered complete unless the nominee’s acceptance statement is: 

  • signed by the person being nominated 
  • witnessed by two people 
  • accompanied by a completed Public Disclosure Statement  
  • accompanied by a Criminal Record Check

Only one person can be nominated for election on each nomination paper. A voter may sign the nomination papers of more than one person, candidates cannot nominate themselves. 

The onus to file a bona fide nomination paper is on the person being nominated. White City Municipal Staff is not eligible to witness the nomination statement. 

Refer to Sections 67, 68, 69, and 70 of The Local Government Election Act, 2015

Important Dates
  • Election Day - Monday, November 9, 2020. Polling stations will open at 9:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. Municipal general elections are held every four years. 
  • Voting – Learn more about How to Vote 
  • Nomination Period - Tuesday, September 22 to Wednesday, October 7, 2020. 
  • Nomination Papers - Papers may be filed during the Nomination Period at the White City Town Office, Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
  • Nomination Day - The final day to submit nomination papers to become a candidate is Wednesday, October 7, 2020. Applications will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on this day at the White City Town Office. 
  • Withdrawal Day - Any candidate may withdraw their nomination any time before October 8, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
Campaign Contributions & Expenses

There are no requirements for candidates for the office of Mayor or Council for the Town of White City to disclose campaign contributions and expenses.

Legislation

Candidates are responsible for complying with legislated provisions. It is suggested that candidates and interested voters refer to: 

Frequently Asked Questions

All you need to know about running to become an elected official.

What is the term of office for an elected candidate?

The Mayor and Councillors are expected to serve a four-year term. That term officially begins at the first meeting of Council after the general election and continues until the first meeting of Council after the next general election, unless their offices are vacated sooner.

How do I run for School Board Representative?

Find more information on running as a school board representative from Prairie Valley School Division

When can I file my Nomination Papers?

The nomination period is September 22 to October 7, 2020.

What is the role of the Returning Officer?

The Returning Officer is responsible for running the election. The Returning Officer is the primary contact for candidates and can be reached at the White City Town Office.

Am I eligible to run?

You may run for the office of Mayor or Councillor if:

  • On the day of the election, you are the full age of 18 years or will attain the fuII age of 18 years on or before Election Day;
  • At the time you submit nomination papers, you are a Canadian citizen and have resided in White City for at least three (3) consecutive months immediately preceding the date on which nomination papers are submitted and in Saskatchewan for at least six (6) months immediately preceding the date on which nomination papers are submitted; and
  • Are not disqualified by The Local Government Election Act, 2015 or any other Act from holding the office for which you are a candidate.

If you are a judge of any court, an auditor or solicitor of the municipality you are not eligible to run for the office of Mayor or Councillor.

Does it cost money to run?

There is no deposit required to run for the offices of Mayor or Councillor.
It is up to the candidate as to how much to spend on a campaign.

What are the criteria for nominations?

For the position of Mayor, the nomination application must be signed by at least five (5) electors of the municipality.
For the position of Councillor, the application must be signed by at least five (5) electors of municipality.
No person can be nominated as both Mayor and Councillor of the same municipality.

When can I start campaigning?

This is at the discretion of the candidate. Before starting to campaign, you should thoroughly consider the following:

  • Criteria for nominations
  • Nomination papers must be filed between September 22 to October 7, 2020