Thinking of Running for Local Office?
Serving your community can be a rewarding experience. There are many good reasons to run for office—you might run to be actively involved in the local decision-making process, contribute your experience and knowledge to the community, address issues or lead change in your community.
Potential Candidate Videos
Municipalities and regional district hold elections every four years for approximately 1,650 elected official positions in 250 jurisdictions across B.C. Over 3,300 candidates run for positions including mayor, councillor and regional district electoral area director. Local governments also hold by-elections to fill vacancies on municipal councils or regional districts board between general local elections.
These elected officials are entrusted with making decisions that directly affect the daily lives of residents, families, local business owners and many others in the local community. If you’re thinking of running for local office part of the decision-making process may include considering the role you will play, how best you can serve your community and the impact you will have as an elected official.
These videos give potential candidates information to help them with answers to questions that they may have before making the decision to run for local office.
Once you've decided to run as a candidate for local office, you'll want to understand the rules for becoming a candidate and seeking election. Candidates must meet certain eligibility requirements to be nominated. In addition, provincial legislation sets out how candidates may run and finance their election campaigns and advertise their candidacy.
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Foundational Principles of Responsible Conduct
There are requirements and expectations of conduct for elected officials. In addition to legislated and other legal requirements such as conflict of interest rules, foundational principles— integrity, accountability, respect, and leadership and collaboration—guide the conduct of elected officials in B.C.
The foundational principles provide a basis for how local government elected officials fulfil their roles and responsibilities, including in their relationships with each other, with local government staff and with the public.
These principles are intended to guide both the conduct of individual elected officials and the collective behaviour of the local government council or board. The principles are also meant to guide local governments in fulfilling their corporate functions and responsibilities to their communities.