Women urged to run in municipal election

The P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government is urging women to put themselves forward in municipal elections being held across the province Nov. 3.

Muncipal elections on P.E.I. Nov. 3

The P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government is urging women to put themselves forward in municipal elections being held across the province Nov. 3.

MLA Kathleen Casey is one of three women featured in videos promoting women running for political office. (P.E.I. Coalition for Women in Government )

The group has put together three videos featuring interviews with Island women who've served as municipal councillors.

"I think young women just need to be asked to do this, and I would encourage anyone who is interested to give me a call," says MLA Kathleen Casey on one of the videos.

Other videos feature Marcia Enman and Tina Mundy.

"The Coalition for Women in Government believes municipal government is an important arena for anyone with a passion for their community and a desire to make change," said coalition executive director Dawn Wilson.

Based on our conversations with women municipal councillors, we know that serving in that capacity has been a positive addition in their lives, as well as their family's and community's, and we wanted to highlight that."

Wilson said only 28 per cent of municipal councillors on P.E.I. are women.

Elections PEI is also highlighting women in Island politics with a feature about women in government on the Island.

Nominations close this Friday for the municipalities of Charlottetown, Summerside, Stratford and Cornwall. They close Monday Oct. 20 for other municipalities.

The election is Nov. 3.

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