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Put up or Shut up. Municipal Elections 2010

September 21 is the deadline for submitting your name and nomination form for municipal elections all across Manitoba. Did you know that in order to run for Mayor/Reeve or Councillor in any given town or RM that you don’t actually need any experience in government, that this job actually provides all the training that you will need to help affect change in your community. 

You may run for municipal office if you:

  • Are a Canadian citizen;
  • Are at least 18 years of age on Election Day;
  • Are a resident of Manitoba;
  • Are a qualified voter of the municipality (you have either resided or owned property in the municipality for at least six months); and
  • Have not been disqualified from running under The Municipal Act, or any other Act (see below for examples of disqualifications).

That is it – that is all you need to be able to run for office – that and a desire to get involved and DO something about all of the issues in your community – you know the ones that people complain about in the coffee shops and in online discussions.  So considering that almost everyone over the age of 18 is eligible to run for municipal office, why do so many municipal officers get re-appointed through acclimation because no one contests them – not officially anyway, not where it counts – at the polls?

Everyone who knows me and even a few that just know of me, know that I have very strong opinions on many things and am always asking questions and getting involved in areas that I have an interest in, especially when I see what I feel is abuse of power, or someone picking on others that can’t defend themselves. there is nothing in this world that will motivate me into action faster than a bully. Maybe that stems from my childhood and years of feeling powerless and unable to protect myself from the many abusers and bullies in my own life – actually that is most definitely where my motivation comes from, but regardless, it is there. Now that I have found my voice and my power, I refuse to ever be silenced or bullied again. Unfortunately that is not a trait that can be given to others, they have to find it within themselves.

So is that why so many people will complain about the ‘state of the union’ without standing up and at least trying to change things? Is that why so few will put themselves on the line and stand up for what they believe – even if it means standing alone? Do they, do you feel powerless? Do you feel bullied into believing that YOUR opinion, that YOUR voice doesn’t matter? That you don’t count? Well – YOU DO. You have just as much right, just as much obligation to your family, your community and to yourself to be an advocate for the change that you want to see, to take your talk and complaints out of the coffee shop and into the offices where they can actually make a difference. Talk is cheap but action is priceless.

Watching the inner workings of our local council and listening to the complaints and comments in the coffee shop, all I can say is that at least those 7 people, whether we like them as individuals, respect them as leaders or not, at least they are DOING something. They have put their asses on the line to affect change, they aren’t just talking about what they think and what they want, they are making it happen. If you don’t like what that is, you have the same opportunity as they did 4 years ago to put your name on the line, run for council and work for change from the inside. 

 And if you are one to bitch and complain about what your council does, doesn’t do or should do – what are YOU going to DO about it? September 21 is coming upon us quickly, are you going to put up or shut up?

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9 Responses to “Put up or Shut up. Municipal Elections 2010”

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