Information for Candidates

NOMINATION PROCEDURES
2014 MUNICIPAL ELECTION

Voting Day for the next regular Municipal Election is scheduled for Monday October 27, 2014.  Voting will take place to select candidates to fill a variety of elected offices for the Town of Lincoln, the Regional Municipality of Niagara, and the four (4) School Boards providing services to the Town.  The opinion of electors may also be sought on one or more questions of municipal interest.

Elected Offices

For the 2014 Municipal Election, including School Board Trustees, members will be elected for a term commencing December 1, 2014 and ending November 30, 2018.  (This term of office may change:  on December 11, 2013, Bill 152, the Functioning Municipal Councils Act, 2013, received First Reading.  If enacted, the Bill would advance the date on which the term of offices governed by the Municipal Elections Act would commence [from December 1 to the second Monday in November]. The Bill also proposes a number of other changes and amends penalties respecting campaign finances).

Town of Lincoln Elected Offices

MAYOR:     One (1) candidate to be elected by all electors of the Town (at large) to serve as the Head of the Council of the Town of Lincoln and to also sit as a member on the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

COUNCILLORS:     Eight (8) candidates to be elected by electors in each Ward as follows:

Ward 1 - Two (2) members;
Ward 2 - Two (2) members;
Ward 3 - Two (2) members;
Ward 4 - Two (2) members.

Regional Municipality of Niagara Elected Office

REGIONAL COUNCILLOR:     One (1) candidate to be elected by all electors of the Town (at large) to sit as a member the Council of the Regional Municipality of Niagara.

School Board Elected Offices

District School Board of Niagara: One (1) Trustee to represent the English-Language Public School Electors in Lincoln and Grimsby.  Nominations shall be filed with the Clerk of the Town of Grimsby.

Niagara Catholic District School Board: One (1) Trustee to represent the English-Language Separate School Electors in Lincoln, Grimsby, Pelham and West Lincoln.  Nominations shall be filed with the Clerk of the Town of Grimsby.

Conseil scolaire Viamonde: One (1) Trustee to represent the French-Language Public School Electors in Lincoln, the County of Brant, the City of Brantford, the Regional Municipality of Halton, the City of Hamilton, Grimsby, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines and West Lincoln.  Nominations shall be filed with the Clerk of the City of Hamilton.

Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud: One (1) Trustee to represent the French-Language Separate School Electors in Lincoln, Grimsby, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, St. Catharines, Thorold and West Lincoln.  Nominations shall be filed with the Clerk of the City of St. Catharines.

Nomination Process

If you plan to seek office in the 2014 Municipal Election in the Town of Lincoln, you must first file your nomination with the Town Clerk before you spend or raise any money for campaign activities.

In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, a person wishing to run for elected office and who is qualified to hold that office at the time of being nominated (subject to the Act) may file Nomination Papers in the Office of the Clerk during the following Nomination Period:

  • From January 2, 2014 through September 11, 2014 – at any time when the Clerk’s Office is open (normal office hours are 8:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, holidays excepted); or
  • On Nomination Day, Friday September 12, 2014 – between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

A person may only be nominated for one local government office in the Province of Ontario at a time.

How to be Nominated

a)     Obtain a Nomination Package from the Clerk of the Town of Lincoln (or download the materials below).  A Nomination Package includes:

  1. A 2014 Candidates’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections
  2. A 2014 Voters’ Guide for Ontario Municipal and School Board Elections
  3. A Provincial Nomination Paper (Form 1)
  4. A Town of Lincoln Declaration of Qualifications (Form L1-M [municipal])
  5. A Town of Lincoln Candidate Information Release & Consent (Form L2)
  6. A Certificate of Permitted Amount of Expenses as of Filing of Nomination (Form L3[N])
  7. Town of Lincoln Municipal Information – 2014  (updated 2014-01-30)
  8. Region of Niagara “Running for Regional Council” Guide
     

b)     Either you or your agent must bring your completed nomination papers (Forms 1, L1 and L2 – the Nomination Package) to the Office of the Clerk during the Nomination Period.  Please Note:  the Declarations to be executed by a candidate on the Provincial Nomination Paper (Form 1) and on the Town of Lincoln Declaration of Qualifications (Forms L1-M or L1-E) must be signed in the presence of the Town Clerk or a Commissioner for Taking Affidavits.

c)     Each candidate and each agent (if applicable) who attends the Office of the Clerk to file nomination papers must provide valid photo-identification confirming the identity of the candidate and the agent (if applicable).  Only original or certified true copies of the valid photo-identification will be accepted.  The Clerk will retain a copy of the identification for nomination certification purposes.

d)     The prescribed Nomination Filing Fee of $100 (or $200 if seeking the office of Head of Council) must be paid at the time of the filing of the Nomination Package.  In accordance with the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, acceptable forms of payment are: cash, debit card, or by certified cheque or money order payable to the Town of Lincoln.  A candidate is entitled to a refund of the Nomination Filing Fee if he or she is elected, receives two percent of the votes cast for the office, or withdraws the nomination.

The Municipal Elections Act, 1996 prohibits Nomination Papers from being faxed or emailed.

The Clerk of the Town of Lincoln will certify or reject nomination papers by 4:00 p.m. on Monday September 15, 2014.

NEW:  The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) has announced a new online course to provide an overview of what you need to know before deciding to run for municipal office and what you should know to begin your candidacy.  You can view the course outline here.

NEW:  The Town of Lincoln, in conjunction with the other area municipalities of the Region of Niagara, the Region of Niagara and the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will be hosting two Niagara Area Candidate’s Information Sessions for persons interested in running for office in the 2014 Municipal Elections.  The sessions are currently scheduled as follows:

Session 1 - General Election Overview
Date:  June 26, 2014
Time:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, Niagara Region Headquarters, 2201 St. David's Road, Thorold, ON

Session 2 - Campaign Finance, Financial Reporting, Compliance Audits
Date: September 24, 2014
Time:  7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Council Chambers, Niagara Region Headquarters, 2201 St. David's Road, Thorold, ON

 

Note:  The information provided in this document is intended as a summary only.  Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information, however, in all cases, the actual text of the applicable legislation and/or by-laws should be reviewed.  It is the responsibility of each prospective candidate to ensure compliance with all legislative and municipal requirements.  The responsibility rests with the candidate to determine whether he or she is qualified to be elected and to hold office. 

 

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