Municipal election race officially kicks off in Niagara

The campaign period will officially begin today in the run-up to Niagara's  October municipal election.

It is the first day candidates can file their nomination papers run for mayor, councillor and school board trustee.

It's also the first time we will elect a regional chair at large in Niagara. 

One change this time around all candidates must gather endorsements from 25 eligible voters, except for school board trustee candidate

The fee to run for school board or a council seat is $100, for Regional Chair or Mayor the fee is $200. 

Would-be candidates cannot begin spending on their campaigns until they file their papers.

The deadline for nominations is July 27 at 2pm. 

We head to the polls on October 22 and the new term begins in early December.