Election 2020

Campaigning Early

Thinking about running for Council? We have put together a Candidates Package that contains everything you need to know.

pdf Click here (3.46 MB) to download it or contact Rhonda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a hard copy.

Click here to access forms referenced in the Candidates Package.

Thinking about running in the March 7th, 2020 election for the new Regional Municipality? Do you know if you meet all the qualifications to run? Have you thought about how you will run your campaign? Do you know what will be expected of you as a Councillor or the Mayor?

We'll cover all the topics you need to know and will answer all your questions at Campaign School. The next one takes place on November 20 (6-9pm) Avondale Community Centre, 50 Avondale Cross Road, Avondale followed by one on December 4 (1-4pm) Hants County War Memorial Community Centre, 78 Thomas Street.

Download pdf Campaign School (1.96 MB) to find out what you need to know about running in the March 7th election or  contact our Returning Officer, Rhonda Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 902-798-8391 ext. 110.

Did you know that if you intend to be a candidate in the Region of Windsor and West Hants Municipality you can start campaigning before you are officially nominated?

If you decide to start campaigning early, you should be aware of the following requirements (described below):

  • Inform the Returning Officer
  • Appointment of Official Agent
  • Advertising and Campaign Identification

Informing the Returning Officer

The Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer for the 2020 Region of Windsor and West Hants Municipality needs to be informed of those who are campaigning before February 12, 2020, so that they can confirm this information when electors call. Failure to inform the Returning Officer may impact your campaign if there is conflicting information.

Remember although you may be campaigning, you are not an official candidate until your Nomination Papers are filed and signed by the Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer.

Appointment of Official Agent

Running a campaign can be costly to candidates; people may wish to contribute cash, services or goods to help you with your campaign. Only the Official Agent can accept campaign contribution, therefore it is recommended to appoint your official agent early.

Your Official Agent can be you or a friend, and the appointment can be changed up to 5:00 pm February 12, 2020.

To appoint your Official Agent, submit a Form 17 to Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer and have them take an Oath.

For more information on the Official Agent and campaign contributions see Part 3 of the Candidates Package and Section CC in the Municipal Elections Act.

Advertising and Campaign Identification

You are responsible for all advertisements made on your behalf. Every advertisement having reference to an election that is printed, published, broadcast or distributed, either electronically, or in hard copy, must indicate the name of the person on whose behalf the advertisement is published, printed, broadcast or distributed, such as “Authorized by John Smith, Candidate District X”.

The Municipality of the District of West Hants and Town of Windsor does not allow advertising of any kind for a candidate on Municipal property; this could include signs, brochures, posters etc. However, if you are hosting a meeting at a municipally owned facility which provides space for advertising an event, the Returning Officer and Assistant Returning Officer can help with wording to promote the event, not the candidate.

There are other restrictions on the placement of advertising signs such as they are not allowed to be posted on utility poles and meet specific requirements when posted along roadways. Permission must be obtained from a property owner to post your advertising signs on their property.

You and your campaign workers should wear an identification (ID) badge when campaigning, especially if going door to door. The ID badge will help residents with awareness and confidence in your campaign; it may also help them remember your name! The ID badge could be worded “John Smith, Candidate for Mayor” or “John Smith for Mayor, campaign worker”.

For more detailed information about advertising see Part 6 of the Candidate’s Package.

Contact the Returning Officer or Assistant Returning Officer for any questions or clarifications you may have.

Rhonda Brown

Returning Officer
76 Morison Drive, Windsor
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902-798-8391 ext. 110

Shelleena Thornton

Assistant Returning Officer
100 King Street, Windsor
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902-798-2275 ext. 207