Armstrong educates candidates

The City of Armstrong will host an informational workshop on what it’s like to be on council

It’s kind of like Council 101.

The City of Armstrong will host an informational workshop on what it’s like to be on council for anybody interested in taking out nomination papers and considering running for either the mayor’s chair or a council seat for the Nov. 15 municipal election.

The workshop will be held on Monday at 7 p.m. at city hall.

“It’s for people who might be considering running for office but aren’t familiar with what it means to hold a public office,” said Armstrong’s chief administrative officer Melinda Stickney.

“We just wanted to make it an opportunity for people to get a better understanding of what it is to hold a seat on council, what the time commitment is, what decisions you make, and the type of meetings they would be attending.”

The idea to host a pre-filing workshop came from a Local Government Management Association of B.C. meeting Stickney attended. She said she spoke to a fellow CAO of a small community who hosted successful workshops prior to papers being filed.

Stickney said the city has hosted similar type of workshops in the past but only after nomination papers had been filed.

The upcoming workshop is to simply cover the basics of being on council.

“We’re not getting into the nitty gritty of what the issues are,” said Stickney. “That’s not the purpose. We’ll give an overall view of what it’s like to sit at the council table.”

The workshop is expected to last an hour. No pre-registration is required.

Anyone 18 and over is eligible to run for a seat on council. You must also be a Canadian citizen, have lived in B.C. for at least six months immediately before the day nomination papers are filed and you must not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding the office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

So far, the city has distributed four nomination packages to interested persons.

Packages can be picked up at city hall or can be downloaded at cityofarmstrong.bc.ca/content/2014-elections

Those intending to run for a seat must file their papers between 9 a.m. on Sept. 30 and 4 p.m. on Oct. 10.