A bid for Chilliwack city council will cost around $5,000 . . . unless you want to win

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Chilliwack city hall
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Thinking about running for local government?

In addition to the seat of mayor, Chilliwack residents will elect six city councillors, seven School District No. 33 trustees and two Cultus Lake Park Board Commissioners.

If you happen to live or are a leaseholder in Cultus Lake Park, there are also three further commissioner seats up for grabs.

There are also the seven Fraser Valley Regional District area directors to be voted on by residents who live in places like Popkum and the Chilliwack River Valley.

All it takes to be nominated, elected and to hold office as a member of local government is to be a Canadian citizen, 18 years of age or older on voting day, a resident of B.C. for at least six months before nomination papers are filed, and not be disqualified by the Local Government Act or any other enactment from voting in an election in B.C.

Plus, it takes a little money too.

In the 2011 election for the six councillors for the City of Chilliwack, the 20 people who put their names on the ballot spent an average of $4,683, according to campaign financial disclosure statements.

But if you want to win, you better be prepared to spend a little more. The six winning candidates spent an average of $7,593 on their campaigns.

The most was $11,323 spent by Ken Popove and the least was $5,331 spent by Stewart McLean.

Of course, money isn’t everything as Dick Harrington, Ron Browne and Gerry Goosen found out the hard way.

Goosen spent $7,038 but finished 10th, Browne spent $9,101 and finished seventh, and Harrington spent a whopping $18,143 but finished ninth.

Mayor Sharon Gaetz won by acclamation so she avoided spending a nickel on her campaign.

• Nomination packages are available for pickup at city hall starting on Aug. 22. The nomination period runs from Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. to Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

2011 campaign expenditures for six winning Chilliwack city councillors:

Ken Popove $11,323

Chuck Stam $9,233

Jason Lum $7,623

Ken Huttema $6,584

Sue Attrill $5,464

Stewart McLean $5,331

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