Elections, Alternative Approval Process (AAP), Referenda

Local Government Elections

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Advance voting opportunities will be held, Wednesday, October 10th from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Wednesday, October 17th from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at City Hall.

Voting on Election Day (Saturday, October 20) will be at the Frank Jameson Community Centre, 6th Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce is hosting an All Candidates Forum on Wednesday, October 10, 7:00 p.m. at the Aggie Hall.  Visit the Chamber website for full details.

Nominated Candidates

The nomination period closed at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14.  The following candidates have been nominated. 

Declaration of Candidates and Declaration of Acclamation

Mayor

Stone, Aaron (acclaimed -- no election for Mayor)

Council -- Six to be Elected

Arnett, Steve
Friesenhan, Joseph
Jacobson, Amanda
Johnson, Rob
McKay, Tricia
Paterson, Duck (Donald)
Sacht, Malcolm Stanfred
Stevens, Marsh
Virtanen, Jeff

Board of School Trustees, School District 68 (Nanaimo Ladysmith) -- Nine to be Elected

Bard, Bill
Barron, Lisa Marie
Brzovic, Tania
Clarke, Jennifer
Ehrismann, Hunter
Finnegan, Richard
Furtmann, Corinne
Grand, Patti
Higginson, Stephanie
Keller, Greg
Kimler, Scott
McKay, Charlene
O'Neill, Chantel
Robinson, Bill
Saunders, Terrylynn
Skogland, Jen
Stanley, Jessica
Sullivan, Marilyn
Szeler, Matt
Wilkinson, Elaine

Click here to view Town of Ladysmith Mayor and Council nomination packages.  For information on School District 68 Trustee candidates, click here.

View the Declaration of Candidates.

Click here for a complete list of important dates

Regional Assent Voting - Referenda

In addition to voting in local elections, all eligible electors of the CVRD and its member municipalities (including Ladysmith), will be provided opportunity to vote in Referenda by Assent Voting. This will be conducted alongside general voting on the dates listed above. Eligible electors will be asked two Referendum questions based on the synopsis’ listed below.

"CVRD Bylaw No. 4201 – Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018" will allow the CVRD to annually requisition up to the greater of $765,000 or an amount equal to the amount that could be raised by a property value tax of $0.04584 per $1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area to assist the Cowichan Housing Association with costs associated with providing programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention in the Cowichan Valley.”

Question

  • Are you in favour of the Cowichan Valley Regional District adopting "CVRD Bylaw No. 4201 - Cowichan Housing Association Annual Financial Contribution Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018" to provide regional programs and services related to affordable housing and homelessness prevention?

"CVRD Bylaw No. 4202 – Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018" will allow the CVRD to annually requisition up to the greater of $750,000 or an amount equal to the amount that could be raised by a property value tax of $0.045050 per $1,000 of net taxable value of land and improvements within the service area to establish a service for the purpose of drinking water and watershed protection within the Cowichan Valley Regional District”.

Question

  • Are you in favour of the Cowichan Valley Regional District adopting "CVRD Bylaw No. 4202 - Drinking Water and Watershed Protection Service Establishment Bylaw, 2018" to support regional programs related to drinking water and watershed protection?
For more information on CVRD Assent Voting - https://www.cvrd.bc.ca/988/Elections-Referenda

Notices

Election Signs on Town of Ladysmith Property

  • A Sign Permit is required for any signage to be placed on Town property.
  • Applications may filled out on the Town of Ladysmith website or in person at the Town Hall.
  • Payment of $10.00 fee and a refundable deposit of $100.00 are required at the time the application is submitted.
  • Put up signage on or after Saturday, September 22, 2018 (start of the campaign period).
  • Remove signage on or before 8pm on Monday, October 22 (within 48 hours following the election).

Excerpt from “Town of Ladysmith Sign & Canopy Bylaw 1996, No. 1176”:

Sign Bylaw Excerpt

Who can run for office in Ladysmith?

You may run for any local government office if you:

  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old on election day;
  • have lived in British Columbia for at least six months (i.e., you moved here on or before May 13, 2014); and
  • have not been disqualified from voting in this election.

You do not have to live or own property in Ladysmith to run for office here.

You may not run for local government office if you:

  • are a judge of the Provincial Court, Supreme Court or Court of Appeal;
  • are an employee or salaried officer of the Town of Ladysmith (unless you have taken a leave of absence to run for office and agree to resign if elected);
  • are under sentence for an indictable offence and are in custody or in prison;
  • have been found guilty of an elections offence, such as double voting or  buying votes, and are prohibited from holding office; or
  • have been disqualified from this election for failing to:
    • file a disclosure statement in a previous election;
    • make an oath of office; or
    • attend meetings.

For more information about running for office, click on this link for a Local Elections Candidates Guide produced by the Province of BC -- BC Government Candidate Guide, Thinking of Running for Local Office video series, or pick up a copy at City Hall.

For information about the new rules for campaign financing under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act, click here.

Who Can Vote in Ladysmith on October 20?

You can vote if you live in Ladysmith, or hold property in Ladysmith, and meet the following:

Resident Electors:

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote (since April 19 or earlier)
  • Have lived in Ladysmith for at least 30 days before the day you vote (since September 19 or earlier)
  • Are not disqualified by law from voting.

Non-Resident Property Electors

  • 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Canadian citizen
  • Have lived in BC for at least 6 months immediately before the day you vote (since April 19 or earlier)
  • Have owned property in the Town of Ladysmith for at least 30 days (since September 19 or earlier)
  • Are not disqualified by law from voting.
  • Have the written consent of the majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Only one non-resident property elector per property may vote, regardless of how many people own the property; and, the owner must have the written consent of a majority of the other property owner(s) to vote on their behalf.

Where can I learn more about local government?

For information about local government elections in B.C., click here

For information about local governments in B.C., click here

Where can I get more information about local government elections?

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us at vote@ladysmith.ca if you have any questions or need more information:

Chief Election Officer: Joanna Winter, 250.245.6417
Deputy Chief Election Officer: Donna Smith, 250.245.6413
Deputy Chief Election Officer: Andrea Hainrich, 250.245.6418

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