However, a closer examination of the numbers suggest that the interest is greater for the Mayor and the At-Large Councillors. Compared to the 2014 election, the number of candidates for Mayor is up from 6 to 11 – a 83 percent increase while the number seeking at At-Large position grew from 19 to 26 – an increase of 37 percent. However, those seeking a Ward Councillor position fell from 26 to 24 – an 8 percent drop. On the bright side, numbers for both the Lakehead and Separate Boards were also up from 2014.
Friday, 27 July 2018
The nominations are closed and what a difference an additional week makes. When you add up all the candidates, as of 5pm today there are now a total of 101 individuals running for office in Thunder Bay’s fall municipal and school board elections – up from 78 in 2014 – and a total of 61 running for City Council – more than the 51 of 2014. So, it would appear that despite changes to the municipal nomination process for the 2018 election – a shorter time period for filing to run as well as the requirement of 25 signatures of support – there are more than enough people who want to fill municipal office.