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Public Service Announcement

Residents reminded to cast a vote for Regional Chair position

WHITBY, ON October 14, 2014

The Regional Municipality of Durham would like to remind eligible electors (people who are entitled to vote) that the Office of Regional Chair will be a new position on the ballots during the 2014 municipal elections.


The 2014 municipal elections will take place on Oct. 27. Please contact the local municipality directly (Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge and Whitby) to learn more about voting methods, dates and locations.



Depending on the municipality, votes may be cast via mail, telephone, Internet or in person. Even though this is a Regional position, the area municipalities will continue to conduct the election within their specific city/town and report voting results to the Regional Clerk. The Regional Clerk will prepare a summary of the vote and announce the successful candidate.


Ballots will still include the offices of mayor, local and regional councillors, and school board trustees, except that now voters will be able to choose a candidate for Regional Chair.

This is the first time that all eligible voters in Durham Region will have the opportunity to cast a vote to choose a Regional Chair. Previously, this position was appointed by the elected members of Regional Council (who represent the eight area municipalities). This elected individual will provide representation to the approximately 645,000 people who live in Durham Region.


The Regional Chair has a very important role to play—acting as the head of Durham Regional Council and Chief Executive Officer of the municipality; presiding over all meetings of Regional Council; being a member of all standing committees; promoting and advancing the Regional position on matters; and representing Durham Region on various boards, committees and organizations; and other significant duties. To learn more, please visit

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