Chatham-Kent election candidates slow to register, so far

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The upcoming municipal election in Chatham-Kent is off to a slow start, with nominations just starting to trickle in.

In the first three weeks of the nomination period this year, just five candidates have registered.

Ward 3 Councillors John Wright and Steve Pinsonneault have registered and will be seeking re-election for council, as well as for Ward 5 Councillor Carmem McGregor.

Former Chatham-Kent councillor Derek Robertson has also registered to run for a spot representing Ward 6.

Bob Demers, who has served two terms as French Catholic school board trustee, is seeking re-election as a school board trustee for the Conseil scolaire Catholique Providence.

It has yet to be determined if the other current remaining councillors will seek re-election.

In April, Mayor Darrin Canniff announced his intention to run for re-election on CK Mornings with Chris, Jen, and Matt on 94.3 CKSY.

However, the mayor has not officially submitted his paperwork for re-election according to Chatham-Kent’s unofficial nomination list.

Residents thinking of running in the upcoming municipal election must collect 25 signatures endorsing their candidacy.

There is a $200 fee to run for mayor and a $100 fee for all other positions including school board trustee and councillor.

Anyone over the age of 18, who is a Canadian citizen and either lives in or owns property in the municipality where they are running is eligible.

Nominations close on August 19, and the municipal vote is on October 24.

The next term of office starts November 15 and ends November 14, 2026.