FREDERICTON (GNB) – A campaign to raise awareness of the approaching May 2020 local elections officially kicks off today.

Chief Electoral Officer Kim Poffenroth will be in Sussex today for the first in a series of speaking engagements organized as part of the campaign which is intended to encourage individuals to consider running as candidates.

“We are pleased once again to be partnering with the departments of Environment and Local Government; Health; and Education and Early Childhood Development to promote these elections and the desire to have a strong field of candidates seeking these important positions,” said Poffenroth.

A total of 104 mayoralty positions and 542 councillor positions will be contested. A total of 68 district education council positions and 16 regional health authority board posts are also open for election.

The campaign, titled Local Choice-Local Voice, will also use ads placed on various social media platforms, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to promote the elections scheduled for May 11, 2020.

The deadline for filing nomination papers is 2 p.m., Thursday, April 9.

Individuals wishing to become a candidate may download the appropriate nomination papers and information from the Elections NB website. Alternatively, they can pick up a nomination kit at a returning office when they open to the public on Monday, March 23, 2020.