Any resident of Wollaston Township wanting to get into politics now has a chance.
Due to the resignation of Deputy Mayor Tim Conlin last month, the municipality will select a new person to fill the seat. A potential candidate must be over the age of 18, a Canadian citizen, and is legally allowed to vote and hold office. In addition, they must be a resident of Wollaston Township, an owner or tenant of land in the municipality, or a spouse of a tenant or owner.
Aside from these requirements, Township Staff say no other qualifications are needed. Jenn Peplinski with the Township says Council is made up of a variety of community members, and people bring their own strengths and experiences to the table. She does note that prior council experience is an asset, but staff will inform the new member about current issues so they can make the best decision possible.
Councillors would represent the Township and work collaboratively with other council members to help decide what services are needed and implement them with respect to the taxpayer. Peplinski says that councillors act as the voice of the community, and decisions by Council affect the long-term health of a community. A councillor can also expect to receive $8,000 a year in remuneration.
The Township has set a tentative date of June 25th to select a new councillor. Interested candidates can email [email protected] or visit the township website to pick up an application form. The form must be returned in person and signed in front of the clerk. Applicants must have a piece of ID on hand when they go to sign the form.