New website provides resources to candidates running for municipal council

August 15, 2017 – Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador expands #MakeYourMark campaign to encourage more candidates to come forward for municipal office.

Supporting this campaign is a dynamic website makeyourmarknl.ca contains videos, testimonials and resources that will help people understand the “Why” and “How To” become involved in municipal government.  This site will also be a permanent resource for potential candidates, current members of council, and administrators for this election, future by-elections and the 2021 municipal general election.

“The #MakeYourMark campaign is our call to action.  Make Your Mark should inspire everyday residents to make the leap into municipal government and tip the scales in favour for people not yet decided to run for council. If you’re thinking about throwing your hat in the ring, this site is a good place to pick up some planning tips and other resources you’ll need along the campaign trail.
Mayor Karen Oldford, President of MNL

“I encourage all residents to consider putting their name forward to run in the municipal election in September. The Make Your Mark campaign provides support and information to candidates on the election process. I hope all residents will exercise their right to vote next month on how we shape our municipal governments throughout the province.”
Honourable Eddie Joyce, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Environment

Make Your Mark is a long term, public engagement initiative of MNL. As stewards of the municipal sector, the MNL Board of Directors believe recruitment of potential candidates and citizen engagement: both to get involved through municipal committees or simply by learning more about how municipalities work is critical in preserving our local democracy.

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Background
The Make Your Mark campaign was created by the Provincial Government in 2009 under the leadership of Honourable Dianne Whalen.  MNL is pleased to take this initiative to the next level of civic engagement with support from Minister Eddie Joyce and the Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment.

Quick facts

  • 45% of municipalities had a contested election in 2013. (VitalSigns® 2016)
  • 25% of municipalities were unable to fill all of the positions on their council. (Department of Municipal Affairs and Environment)
  • 37% of councillors are women. (Federation of Canadian Municipalities)
  • 3.5% of councillors are under 35. (VitalSigns® 2016)

 

About MNL

Municipalities Newfoundland & Labrador (MNL) was formed in 1951 as an umbrella organization mandated to represent and support local government in Newfoundland and Labrador. MNL represents the 276 incorporated municipalities in the province that service 89 per cent of the population and their more than 2,000 leaders.


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