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Candidate for Municipal Council:  Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Councillor

Term of Office:

The term of all offices is four years, beginning on December 1, 2018 until November 14, 2022.

Municipal Candidates to be Elected:

  • Mayor , One (1) to be Elected
  • Deputy Mayor, One (1) to be Elected
  • Councillor, Five (5) to be Elected


Nomination - Form 1

Déclaration de candidature – Formulaire 1

Endorsement of Nomination - Form 2

Appui de la déclaration de candidature – Formulaire 2

In order to ensure the process of submitting your nomination is as efficient as possible, it is recommended that you make an appointment with the Clerk/Returning Officer, who can be reached at 519-326-5761 or by email at

A Candidate for Municipal Council at the time of being nominated must be:

  • a resident of the Municipality of Leamington or a non-resident owner or tenant of lands in Leamington or the spouse of such non-resident owner or tenant;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • at least 18 years old;
  • not disqualified by any legislation from holding municipal office
  • qualifications as described in section 29 of the Municipal Elections Act

A candidate, must remain qualified throughout the election and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

The Nomination Period begins May 1, 2018 and ends July 27, 2018 at 2:00 PM. Candidates will be required to file the required Nomination Form which must be endorsed by at least 25 eligible voters. 

Election Campaign Period: 

The day a candidate files their nomination for office is when their election campaign period begins.  Their campaign period ends on December 31, 2018.  A contribution shall not be made to or accepted by or on behalf of a person unless he or she is a candidate.

So You Want to Run for Council?

To learn about Municipal Elections, please read the Municipal Elections Act, 1996, as amended. 

Being elected as a member of your local municipal council can be a rewarding and positive contribution to your community. There is also a commitment of your time that you should consider. The current schedule of Council Meetings includes two regular meetings per month. Council meetings are scheduled for the second and fourth Monday evenings. There may also be special meetings that will be scheduled during the year such as budget meetings. As a member of Council, you may be appointed to internal and external Committees that you are required to attend on behalf of the Municipality in addition to Council meetings. 

If you are interested in running as a candidate in the Municipal Election, it is highly recommended that you review the Ministry of Municipal Affairs Candidates Guide which is scheduled to be completed and posted on the Ministry's website by April 1, 2018. In addition, potential candidates are encouraged to watch the "So You Want to Run for Council" online course presented by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO). This online course will help individuals better understand what being a member of Municipal Council brings. Course content covers:

  • Reasons to run and reasons that might be constraining;
  • What you should know before you run for office;
  • Dealing with the media;
  • Working with others;
  • The roles of Council members and staff;
  • What the true power and influence of Municipal Government is; and
  • Transparency and accountability for individuals and Council.

For further details on the course and contact information, please visit the AMO website

More information related to the 2018 Municipal Election will be available closer to the opening of the Nomination Period. 

Helpful Information:


Please direct any general inquiries regarding the 2018 Municipal Election to the Returning Officer and Municipal Clerk at or at 519-326-5761. 


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