Candidate Information

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Certified Candidate List - Municipal Election 2022

NOTICE (per attached) is hereby given, that during the period commencing on May 2, 2022 and completed on Nomination Day, August 19, 2022, the following persons filed all necessary papers, declarations and fees and Under Section 35 of the Municipal Elections Act 1996, and as Town Clerk for the Town of Essex , I am satisfied that such persons are qualified and that their Nominations satisfy the requirements under the Municipal Elections Act, 1996. This is the List of Certified Candidates for the office which follows their respective name for the 2022 Municipal Election, to be held on October 24, 2022.

Bondy, Sherry
phone: 226-724-2994


Meloche, Richard
phone: 226-724-2121

Rogers, Ron
phone: 519-738-3838

Shepley, Rob
phone: 519-791-1999

Bowman, Morley
phone: 519-776-8486

Garon, Joe
phone: 519-980-8405

McGuire-Blais, Katie
phone: 519-999-1858

Mills, Glen
phone: 519-816-8718

Verbeek, Kim
phone: 519-971-1965

Allard, Brad
phone: 519-551-3375

Matyi, Jason
phone: 519-259-5401

Vander Doelen, Chris
phone: 519-981-7787

Hammond, Rodney 
phone: 226-935-8817

Mulder, Shawn
phone: 519-999-0854

Burgess, Julia
English Public School Trustee

Dignard, Serge
French Public School Trustee
phone: 519-979-6694

DiMenna, Mary
English Separate School Trustee
phone: 519-999-6084

Ducedre, Sherry
English Public School Trustee

Herold, Owen
French Public School Trustee
phone: 519-996-2535

Keller, David
English Public School Trustee
phone: 519-819-3804 

Kojok, Badrieh
French Public School Trustee
phone: 519-995-6657

Marotte, Didier
French Separate School Trustee
phone: 519-564-3945

Richez, Emmanuelle
French Public School Trustee
phone: 519-990-1589

Thachuk, Derek
English Separate School Trustee
phone: 519-796-0547

Declaration of Acclamation to Office - Municipal Election 2022

Per the attached Declaration of Acclamation to Office the certified candidate Kim Verbeek has been acclaimed to the office of Ward 2 Councilor pursuant to Section 37 to the Municipal Elections Act, 1996

Candidate Information Session

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Candidate Information

 All eligible Voters will have the opportunity to vote for the election of both the Mayor and Deputy Mayor (at large election) and the number of Councillors to be elected by eligible voters in each ward are the following:

  • Ward 1: Two (2) Councillors
  • Ward 2: One (1) Councillor
  • Ward 3: Two (2) Councillors
  • Ward 4: One (1) Councillor

View the Town of Essex Ward Map.

The following information includes what may be some of the changes to the Municipal Elections Act since the 2018 Election. This information is provided to assist you in deciding whether to run for a position on Essex Town Council. For more detailed information, please contact the Clerk's Department at 519-776-7336 ext. 2022.

2022 Municipal Election Nomination Package

2022 Candidates' guide for Ontario municipal council and school board elections

Nomination Form (Form 1)

Endorsement of Nomination Form (Form 2)

Election Sign Application

Campaign Finance Information


Please note: To view and complete the forms, please download to your system and open in Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you require further assistance, please contact or 519-776-7336 ext.2022


May 2, 2022

Nomination and campaign period begins.

  • Preliminary expense limits to be provided to candidates.
  • Registration period for third party advertisers begins.
August 19, 2022

Nomination Day (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)

  • Nominations to be filed or withdrawn by 2:00 p.m.
August 22, 2022

 Nominations certified by 4:00 p.m.

  • Acclamations declared after 4:00 p.m.
September 1, 2022 Default date for the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) to deliver preliminary list of electors.
September 1, 2022

 Voters' List available to certified candidates.

  • Revision period for voters' list begins.
September 26, 2022 Final expense limits to be provided to candidates.
October 8, 2022 Advance Poll #1 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at Shaheen Community Room, Essex Centre Sports Complex (60 Fairview Avenue West, Essex)
October 12, 2022 Advance Poll #2 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm at the McGregor Community Centre )9571 Walker Road, McGregor)
October 15, 2022 Advance Poll #3 from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Harrow and Colchester South Community Centre (243 McAffee Street, Harrow)
October 19, 2022 Advance Poll #4 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm at the Colchester Community Centre (100 Jackson Street, Colchester)
October 21, 2022 Last day to register as a third party advertiser.
October 24, 2022 Election Day (Voting from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
November 15, 2022 Term of office commences.
March 31, 2023 Deadline for filing financial statements.


A person is entitled to be a candidate if he or she is a qualified elector. A candidate must be qualified as of the day he or she is nominated and must remain qualified throughout the election period and, if elected, throughout the term of office.

A person is entitled to be a candidate if you:

  • are a resident of the Town of Essex, or an owner or tenant of land in the Town of Essex, or the spouse of such an owner or tenant;
  • are a Canadian citizen;
  • are at least 18 years old on Voting Day; and
  • are not prohibited from voting by law.

If entitled to be a candidate, you can run in any ward - you do not have to live in a particular ward in order to be its councillor. However, if you run in a ward where you do not live, you will not be able to vote for yourself. Having a campaign office or a business in a ward where you would not otherwise be eligible to vote does not make you eligible to vote in that ward.

A candidate does not have to open a bank account if they do not raise or spend money.

The Clerk provides all candidates with estimated and final spending limits.

Contributions to candidates from unions and corporations are prohibited in municipal elections, but unions and corporations may participate as third party advertisers and contribute to third party advertisers. The same contribution rules will apply to third party advertiser campaigns as to candidates.

Anonymous and cash contributions cannot exceed $25. Contributions over $25 must be made in a way that links the contributor's name and account with the payment. Candidates must inform contributors of contribution limits.

If goods sold to raise funds are sold for $25 or less, that amount is considered campaign income, not a contribution. Donations under $25 received at fundraising events are not contributions.

Candidates may start erecting election signs as of Saturday, September 10th - 45 days prior to Election Day.

  • Candidates must remove all election signs by Saturday, October 29th - within 5 days of Election Day.
  • All signs to be used in the election must be approved by the Municipal Clerk and otherwise meet the requirements of and be and remain in compliance with Town Election Sign By-law 2028. To obtain such approval, an election Sign Permit must be obtained by submitting the Election Sign Application Form to the Clerks office prior to the placement of any signs. Any election signs placed without an election sign permit will be immediately removed at Candidate or third party advertiser expense. For more information, view the Election Sign By-Law No.2028.

Candidates for office are required to submit financial details of their campaign. Candidates are entitled to a refund of the filing fee if they submit their campaign financial statement by the deadline.

A candidate who misses the filing deadline may file within a 30-day grace period, provided a $500 late filing fee is paid to the municipality. A candidate may resubmit a financial statement to correct an error up until the filing deadline.

The Clerk is required to make public a report of which candidates filed financial statements and which did not.

To ensure that election services respond to and meet the needs of the community. This commitment includes ensuring that policies and procedures are in place to respond to complaints respecting services and information provided in the course of a Town of Essex municipal election. Read the Election Complaints Policy.

Third Party Advertisers and Advertising

Individuals, corporations and unions may register to be third party advertisers. Registration begins on the first day for filing nominations and ends on the Friday before voting day. There is no registration fee.

Third parties may advertise in support of or in opposition to any candidate being elected by voters in the municipality and are required to identify themselves and provide mandatory information on all advertising.

Third party advertisers are required to follow the same campaign finance rules as candidates.

Third Party Advertiser List

Below is a list of third party advertisers for the 2022 elections.

Baker, William
phone: 519-996-0544

Candidate Violations

To view confirmed policy violations during the 2022 Municipal Election, please visit the Election Principles page.

Town of Essex
33 Talbot Street South
Essex, Ontario N8M 1A8
Phone: 519-776-7336
Fax: 519-776-8811
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