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Penetanguishene hopes for 'diverse' slate of election candidates

'We recognize that more inclusive staff and council will help create a stronger, more equitable community,' town clerk Stacey Cooper says
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The next municipal election will be held on Monday, Oct. 24, 2022. Elected municipal leaders play a vital role in ensuring that communities are healthy and successful, socially and economically. Councils shape priorities, ensure accountability to the public and represent the people who elect them. They provide a democratic forum for diverse perspectives and experiences to be heard so that better decisions are made and good governance is supported. When we have a diversity of genders and identities, ethnicities, sexual orientations, ages, races, and abilities at the municipal council, we can create more inclusive and sustainable communities.

The local municipal government gives people in the community a chance to make a real and positive impact in Penetanguishene. 

“We recognize that more inclusive staff and council will help create a stronger, more equitable community,” said Stacey Cooper, a town clerk. “With the help of our newly appointed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, we are working toward recognizing and appreciating that Penetanguishene is home to an increasingly diverse population. We continue to strive to be equitable and inclusive in all we do, including our services, policies, and decision-making for everyone in our community.”

Municipal governments touch the day-to-day life of every resident - every day. To learn more about becoming a part of municipal government, watch this video about running for council or visit the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Penetanguishene Council or local School Board Trustee are encouraged to submit the required nomination papers. The deadline for submission is Aug. 19 by 2 p.m.

For more information on the municipal election, including how to ensure you are on the voters' list, please visit this website.