Potential municipal candidates in Kelowna will get a crash course on what it’s like to serve on a city council Sept. 21.
The city will host an information meeting for potential candidates and this year has opted to hold it prior to the end of the official nomination period, instead of afterwards.
The nomination period for the upcoming civic election is October 4 to 14.
Currently, anyone interested in running can pick up nomination papers at Kelowna City Hall and many have already done so.
As of Thursday, seven people had picked up papers to run for mayor and 39 had picked up papers to run for councillor.
According to chief election officer Karen Needham, the reason for the earlier information meeting date this time is to give people considering entering the race for either the mayor’s job or one of the eight councillor positions, an awareness of what the job entails, what are the responsibilities and what the workload is like.
That’s al information the city feels is important for potential candidate to know prior to entering the election race.
To have their papers accepted to run for office, a candidate must get a minimum 25 nominator signatures required and pay a $100 deposit, as well meet age and residency requirements.
The information meeting is separate from the Federation of Canadian Municipalites-sponsored two-day workshop that goes this weekend at the regional district building on KLO Road aimed at encouraging more women to seek municipal office.
In addition tot he information meeting, the city has also posted an information package on its website at kelowna.ca/election.