Candidate info session planned for municipal election

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Those interested in making a run at municipal politics are invited to a special candidate information session Wednesday night.

The Jean Collective, an initiative developed by women for women, is hosting the event from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Sarnia Public Library on Christina Street.

Residents will be able to hear from community leaders and elected officials, and pick up a candidate package.

Jean Collective Founder Helen Cole said they’re hoping to dispel the myth that an individual has to be highly educated or have a political background in order to run for council or school board positions.

“One of the goals of the Jean Collective is to change that, to help them realize that all of us have something to offer and you learn as you go,” said Cole. “All municipalities have great staff that can provide the information you need and help you as you learn. In addition, all municipalities do provide information sessions once an individual is elected.”

Cole, who previously served as an elected official for the City of St. Thomas, said they hope to see a more diverse council following the fall election.

“It was really a highlight of my career to support my local community and I’m hoping that we’ll see indications from others in the City of Sarnia,” Cole said.

Pre-registration for Wednesday’s information session is not required but space is limited to 25 guests.

The election for city council and school board positions is being held on Monday, October 24. However, the deadline to file nomination papers is at 2 p.m. on August 19.

-With files from Natalia Vega