Leading Up To The October 22 Chatham-Kent Municipal Election—Part Three

Chatham-Kent is divided into six wards. At election time, residents vote for candidates hoping to become councillors for the ward in which the resident lives. The mayor is elected by voters from the entire municipality.

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Leading Up To The October 22 Chatham-Kent Municipal Election will provide information (interesting and helpful information, I hope) about the powers, duties, and functions of the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, from garbage collection to mayor and councillors; about voting; about resident’s opinions on the effectiveness of the Municipality; and perhaps about possible improvements.

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The Entries, So Far
Part 1. About The Municipality Of Chatham-Kent
Part 2. About Ontario Municipalities

Part 3. Wards, Mayor, Councillors, Council, School Board Representatives, & Voting―#1
Part 4. Wards, Mayor, Councillors, Council, School Board Representatives, & Voting―#2
Part 5. A Proposal To Help Voters Decide Which Candidate To Vote For
Part 6: What Chatham-Kentians Might Want To Say To The Newly-Elected Council

Part 3: Wards, Mayor, Councillors, Council, School Board Representatives, & Voting—#1

Chatham-Kent is divided into six wards. At election time, residents vote for candidates hoping to become councillors for the ward in which the resident lives. The mayor is elected by voters from the entire municipality.

There are 17 councillors. They and one mayor make up the Chatham-Kent Council.

Wards

The Six Wards

• Ward 1—West Kent (2 councillors)

• Ward 2—South Kent (3 councillors)

• Ward 3—East Kent (2 councillors)

• Ward 4—North Kent (2 councillors)

• Ward 5—Wallaceburg (2 councillors)

• Ward 6—Chatham (6 councillors)

Does anyone know where I can find a map of C-K wards that has the names of the bigger towns and villages to replace the above map?

Ward Questions & Answers

Question #1: Must a candidate for the position of councillor reside in the ward in which they are running?

Answer: No. To run for councillor, a candidate does not even need to live in Chatham-Kent. To qualify, a candidate must either…

a. reside in Chatham-Kent;

b. or be a non-resident owner or tenant of land here;

c. or be the spouse of a non-resident owner or tenant of land here.

Mayoral candidates do not need to reside in Chatham-Kent, either.

Question #2: What is the purpose of wards?

Answer: Presumably, so residents can have councillors that pay particular attention to them and to problems within their ward as well to matters that affect the entire municipality.

However, I could find nothing on the Chatham-Kent website or in the Municipal Councillors Guide that instructs councillors in this matter. Please let me know if you have an insight into this.

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Mayor

Chatham-Kent mayor is a full-time position.

In 2o16, the mayor’s honorarium was $83,795 per year. The mayor’s benefits totaled $13,056. The current figures are unavailable.

There are allowances for office equipment, travel (local and international), training, and automobile expenses.

Mayors in Ontario aren’t required to pay taxes on one third of their incomes.

An honorarium is much the same as a salary. Can any reader give a clear distinction between the two?

Role Of The Mayor

The Ontario Municipal Councillor’s Guide states that the role of a mayor is…

(a) to act as the chief executive officer of the municipality;

(b) to preside over council meetings so that its business can be carried out efficiently and effectively;

(c) to provide leadership to the council;

(d) to represent the municipality at official functions.

Mayoral Qualifications

To run for mayor, a candidate must…

a. reside in Chatham-Kent or be a non-resident owner or tenant of land here or be the spouse of a non-resident owner or tenant of land here;

b. be Canadian citizen;

c. be at least 18 years old;

d. not be prohibited, by law, from voting;

e. have paid $200 to file nomination papers.

Sources

https://chathamvoice.com/2016/04/26/c-k-council-expenses-under-budget/

http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/AssetFactory.
aspx?did=4965

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  • Willis j pollett says:

    This is not transparency were the public msde aware of these expendures? This is tax payers dollars.also it said only 35% voted ? I DONT UNDERSTAND HOW ANYONE CAN BE CLASSIFIED AS ELECTED UNTIL ALL VOTES ARE IN.WITH THAT BEING SAID DARREN CANNIFF IS NOT OFFICIALLY mayor.nor sre the council eighter considered e elected yet.

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