The next General Local Election for mayor, councillors  and school trustees
will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018. 

Local government elections in British Columbia are held every 4 years.  In Sooke, these include the election of a Mayor and six Councillors to the District of Sooke Council.  Elections are conducted in accordance with the rules and regulations set out in the Local Government Act, the Community Charter, and the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act (LECFA).  The election of School Trustees is conducted by the Sooke School District.

See General Local Elections 101 for answers to basic questions about local elections in BC.

Link to: Declaration of Candidates

Mayor and Council Candidates
Office of Mayor Nomination Papers
RHODES, Mick I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
PEARSON, Kevin I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
TAIT, Maja I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
Office of Council Nomination Papers
ARMOUR, Rick I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
BATEMAN, Jeff I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
BEDDOWS, Al I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
EVE, Doni I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
HALDANE, Herb I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
JONASSEN, Peter I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
KASPER,  Rick I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
LOGINS, Ebony I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
MCMATH, Megan I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
PARKINSON, Brenda I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
ROSSNER, Phil N. I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
ST-PIERRE, Tony I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*
STEWART, Jeff I agree that, by clicking this link, I will not use the information contained in the nomination papers for purposes other than those indicated in the LGA or LECFA*

*LGA=Local Government Act, LECFA-Local Elections Campaign Financing Act

Contact Information

Contacts:

Carolyn Mushata, Chief Election Officer – cmushata@sooke.ca or 250-642-1607
Sarah Temple, Assistant Deputy Chief Election Officer – stemple@sooke.ca or 250-642-1616
Jennifer Royer-Collard – Assistant Deputy Chief Election Officer – jroyercollard@sooke.ca or 250-642-1620

School District #62:  250-474-9800

For inquiries related to campaign finances and advertising:

Elections BC: 1-800-661-8683
Email: electionsbc@elections.bc.ca
Website: http://elections.bc.ca/political-participants/local-elections-campaign-financing/

2018 Key Dates
January 1 to September 21Election Period
July 27Nomination Packages Available
August 1Candidate Information Session
September 4 to September 14Nomination Period
September 22 to October 20Campaign Period
September 26Candidate Meet-and-Greet Speed Dating
Community Hall - 6:30
October 3Mayor Candidate's Forum
EMCS Community Theatre
7:00 pm
October 10 and 17Advance Voting Opportunities
October 11All Candidates Meeting
Prestige Hotel - 7:00 pm
October 20General Voting Day
October 24Declaration of official results
Candidate Information

Candidate Nomination Package Fillable Forms

The following is information provided by the Government of British Columbia, Local Government Branch:

General Local Elections are the most direct way for the public to influence their local government by determining the individuals who then make decisions and govern on their behalf following general voting day.

During the election process, candidates generally outline their platforms and objectives if they were to be elected.  By choosing the candidates with the ideals and qualities that are most acceptable to the electors, citizens can directly influence the nature of the community where they reside or own property.

There will be a Candidate Information Session for anyone interested in running for a Council position.  It will be held on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 in Council Chambers, 2205 Otter Point Road from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

There are several documents and guides available to help provide information and answer your questions:

Candidate Eligibility

To be eligible to run for local government office in a general local election or a by-election, a person must have been a resident of B.C. at least six month before filing their nomination documents.  They do not have to live or own property in the area where they are running for office.

In addition, a person must:

  • Be 18 years of age or older on general voting day
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Not be disqualified under the Local Government Act or any other enactment from being nominated for, being elected to or holding office, or be otherwise disqualified by law.

Campaign Financing

Elections BC helps local election candidates and their financial agents understand the rules under the Local Elections Campaign Financing Act.  For more information about the rules, read the Guide to Local Elections Campaign Financing in B.C.

There are new campaign financing rules for candidates in the 2018 General Local Elections.  The new rules are summarized in this Elections BC Bulletin.

Please note candidates are also required to file financial disclosure statements when they file nomination packages, annually while in office and upon leaving elected office.

Voter Information

Eligibility

In order to vote as a resident elector you must:

  • be 18 years of age or older on the day of registration or on general voting day; and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months, immediately before the day of registration; and
  • have been a resident of the District of Sooke for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not be disqualified under this or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

In order to vote as a non-resident property elector you must:

  • not be entitled to register as a resident elector in the District of Sooke; and
  • be 18 years of age or older on the day of registration or on general voting day; and
  • be a Canadian citizen; and
  • have been a resident of British Columbia for at least six (6) months, immediately before the day of registration; and
  • have been a registered owner of real property in the District of Sooke for at least 30 days immediately before the day of registration; and
  • not be disqualified under this or any other enactment from voting in an election or be otherwise disqualified by law.

For more information, please see the Voter’s Guide to Local Elections in B.C.

Are You on the Voter’s List

The District of Sooke uses the Province of B.C. Voter’s List as its List of Electors. To confirm you are on the Provincial Voters’ List for the District of Sooke, please contact Elections BC by phone at 1.800.661.8683.  You can also check to see if you are registered to vote by visiting the Elections BC Online Voter Registration website.

If you are not on the Voter’s List, you can register at the above site online or update your information.  You can also register as an elector at the time of voting in the District of Sooke election.  For non-resident property electors, please contact the Chief Election Officer to register.

To register to vote as a resident elector at the time of voting you will need two of the following identification documents showing residency and identity, and one must contain a signature:

  • BC Driver’s Licence*
  • BC Identification Card
  • BC Services Card*
  • ICBC Registration
  • Citizenship Card
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • tax notice
  • credit card or debit card
  • utility bill

*If you have a combined BC Driver’s Licence and Service Card, it counts as only one piece of identification.

To register as a non-resident property elector at the time of voting you will need proof of property ownership and identification:

  • property tax notice/certificate
  • property assessment notice from BC Assessment
  • State of Title Certificate
  • Title Search
  • Certificate of Indefeasible Title
  • if applicable, written consent of a majority of the registered owners on title
  • two pieces of identification as listed above for resident electors
Where to Vote

General Voting Day  will take place at Edward Milne Secondary School, 6218 Sooke Road on

  • Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm

Advance Voting  will take place at the Sooke Community Hall, 2037 Shields Road as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm