Parksville mayor announces intentions Thursday in relation to this fall’s election

Chris Burger will hold a news conference Thursday at 1 p.m. at Parksville Community and Conference Centre

Will he or won’t he?

Parksville Mayor Chris Burger will let the public know on Thursday whether he intends to run for re-election this fall.

Burger’s news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday at the Parksville Community and Conference Centre on Jensen Avenue.

Check www.pqbnews.com on Thursday afternoon for the highlights of the news conference, and read The NEWS on Tuesday, Aug. 19 for the full story.

There have been two other people who have indicated they will run for mayor of Parksville in the Nov. 15 municipal elections, Antonio Farinha and Coun. Bill Neufeld.

Burger won the mayor’s seat in 2011 with 2,355 votes. The next closest vote-getter, former MLA Paul Reitsma, garnered 749 votes.

Those who want to be a candidate for council or mayor in Parksville can pick up nomination packages from city hall starting Friday, August 22. To get on the ballot, these nomination packages have to be returned to city hall no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10. Nomination packages will not be accepted prior to 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 30.

Those wishing to run for council or mayor in Qualicum Beach have similar dates to keep in mind. Nomination packages won’t be available at town hall until Aug. 29, and must be returned before 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, but not prior to Tuesday, September 30.

Only incumbent Mayor Teunis Westbroek has announced he will seek the mayor’s chair this fall in Qualicum Beach.

To be eligible as a candidate in a local government election, at the time of nomination, you must:

  1. Be a Canadian citizen; AND
  2. Be, or will be, 18 years of age or more on General Voting day (Saturday, November 15, 2014); AND
  3. Have lived in B.C. for at least six months (Tuesday, April 8, 2014, is the last day to meet six month residency requirement for candidates; there is no requirement for a candidate to be a resident or own property in the municipality); AND
  4. Have not been disqualified by any law or statute from being nominated, elected or holding office.

To vote in the municipal elections this fall, you:

  1. Are a Canadian citizen; AND
  2. Are, or will be, 18 years of age or more on General Voting day (Saturday, November 15, 2014); AND
  3. Have lived in B.C. for at least 6 months (since Tuesday, May 13, 2014) prior to registration and have lived in or have owned property in the community you intend to vote in for at least 30 days (by Wednesday, October 15, 2014) prior to registration; AND
  4. Are not disqualified from voting by the Local Government Act or any other act.

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