Thinking of running for Humboldt council? City releases info for candidates

HUMBOLDT — Thinking of running for council? A new webpage released by the city connects citizens to information and resources to help make their decision.

“We would like to invite citizens to run in the upcoming elections who are committed to assuming leadership roles and would like to represent the people in our community,” said the webpage, which can be found at humboldt.ca/municipal-elections.

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The election will be held Monday, Nov. 9.

Featured on the page are a 13-page information booklet that explains the role of council, councillors, and the mayor, as well as some details about how the election will be conducted; links to resources from the provincial government; and links to resources for women thinking of running.

The page also promotes two webinars run by the Municipalities of Saskatchewan, with the first being held on Tuesday, Sept. 1 and the second on Thursday, Sept. 8.

Those planning to run are warned the time commitment required by a council member can be substantial.

“All members of Council spend many hours preparing for the meetings and events, by reading agenda packages and other background material, researching issues, interacting with residents and electors, and dealing with administrative staff at the City.”

Council members are required to attend a regular council meeting and an executive committee meeting once a month, sit on various committees, attend conferences and training opportunities, and represent council at public events.

The mayor is paid approximately $47,410 per year, while councillors are paid $12,130 per year. Both positions are considered part-time.

Those that have decided to make the plunge can submit their nomination forms between Tuesday, Sept. 22 and Wednesday, Oct. 7. They must be signed by at least five eligible electors within the City of Humboldt. The forms can be picked up at City Hall or the Uniplex.

The deadline to withdraw a name from the ballot is Thursday, Oct. 8, at 4 p.m.

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