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September 15, 2014
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Islanders encouraged to run for office, vote in municipal elections
Finance and Energy
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Running for office and voting in the November 3 municipal elections are two ways Islanders can be the change they wish to see in their community, says Finance, Energy and Municipal Affairs Minister Wes Sheridan.
“Municipal councils are on the front lines of government because they make decisions that affect our lives every day,” the minister said. “Consider putting your name forward for office or encourage someone you know to make a run – and please remember to make your voice heard by voting on November 3.”
The upcoming election will put all of the province’s 74 municipalities on the same four-year electoral cycle going forward. The municipalities that fall under the Municipalities Act last held an election in November 2012 for abbreviated terms to align them for this year.
“Municipal councils should represent the people they serve, yet only 30 per cent of municipal offices in Prince Edward Island are held by women,” Minister Sheridan said. “I’d like to encourage more women to take an active role in municipal government by running for office so that our municipal councils better reflect our Island population.”
Candidates, voters, and municipal officials can find helpful resources on the municipal elections website, www.municipalelectionspei.ca. Follow the government of Prince Edward Island’s Twitter and Facebook accounts for updates whenever new information is posted.