Chamber to host all candidates forum

The October 24, 2018 general municipal election is right around the corner

Mickey Dumont

The Portage Citizen — The October 24, 2018, general municipal election is right around the corner the Portage la Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce will host an all candidates forum for those running for city council and mayor.

Chamber Executive Director Cindy McDonald confirmed May 30, the chamber has booked the multipurpose room at Portage Collegiate Institute to hold the forum.

“We try to have the forum two weeks before the election. This year it is exactly two weeks before.

In its regular weekly member e-mail, the chamber is promoting the municipal election by calling for candidates.

“If you’re passionate about the City of Portage, we encourage you to consider registering to be a candidate in the upcoming election,” the chamber writes in its e-mail.

Manitoba municipal elections are held every four years. The general Election Day is always the fourth Wednesday of October. October 24 is also the election of School Board Trustees. The City of Portage la Prairie and the Portage la Prairie School Board have decided to have a joint election and have appointed Diane Van Aert as the Senior Election Official for the City of Portage la Prairie.

Prospective municipal election candidates must register with the Senior Election Official (SEO) during the registration period before they may begin to accept contributions, incur expenses, fundraise or borrow money for their campaign.

Since May 1, the SEO has been accepting candidate registrations for mayor and on June 30 Van Aert will begin accepting registrations from those vying to fill the six municipal council positions.

For more information visit the city’s election information page at http://www.city-plap.com/main/elections-2018/

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