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Run for Council

Being a member of council is not the typical 9 to 5 job. It requires digesting a great deal of information and comprehending complex issues. There are evening meetings and weekend activities, not to mention calls from your constituents at any time. It is also a rewarding opportunity for you to make a difference in your community.

Councillors often speak to municipal staff on behalf of citizens. As a councillor, you would meet many people and find yourself volunteering for a variety of non-profit groups and organizations. Members of your community will often come to you for help where you will work with them on finding a solution.

Running for council requires planning and preparation. Many municipal councillors say they started planning their campaigns two or three years in advance, and had been thinking about running long before that. However this is not always the case.

Municipal elections take place on the third Saturday in October every four years. The next municipal election will take place on October 20, 2012. Once you are elected, you will have to run in each election and win to keep your position.

You can talk to elected councillors about what they do and shadow someone for a day to get a real idea of what their job is like. If you decide to run, contact your municipal clerk to find out about eligibility and deadlines.

For more information about how to run a campaign, you can download Votes For Women 3rd Edition (PDF 564 Kb) an easy-to-read guide from the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. If you would like practical experience, consider attending a campaign school for women. These schools teach you about door-to-door campaigning, media scrums and many other useful skills you will need to run. The next municipal campaign schools for women will be held in the spring of 2012.