And They’re Off
Municipal Elections 2013
Let the race begin.
But before there is a race, there has to be competitors. For those interested in entering the upcoming municipal elections – City of Wetaskiwin, County of Wetaskiwin, Wetaskiwin Regional Public School Division and St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate School Division – candidates have a two hour window of opportunity to sign up for the race. All those interested in running for Councils or School Boards are advised that nomination day will be held Monday, September 23, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. Nomination packages are available at the respective Administration Offices.
• City of Wetaskiwin: Iain MacLean – Returning Officer: 780-361-4459 or email@example.com http://www.wetaskiwin.ca/index.aspx?NID=463
• County of Wetaskiwin: Rod Hawken – Returning Officer: 780-361-6225 http://www.county.wetaskiwin.ab.ca/
• Wetaskiwin Regional Public School Division: Sherri Senger- Returning Officer: 780-352-6018 http://www.wrps.ab.ca/election-2013
• St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate School Division: 780-986-2500 firstname.lastname@example.org
An individual is eligible for nomination
To become a candidate you must be at least 18 years of age on nomination day, a Canadian citizen, and you must have been a resident of the local jurisdiction for at least 6 consecutive months preceding nomination day. Other rules apply.
The following offices will be elected for a four-year term: County of Wetaskiwin: Each of 7 electoral divisions elects a Councillor. The elected Council then elects a Reeve from within, on an annual basis.
City of Wetaskiwin - Mayor: one position, Alderman: six positions
Wetaskiwin Regional Public School Division - Public School Trustees: three positions
St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Separate School Division - Trustees: two positions
On October 21, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m voters have the opportunity to select who they think deserve to serve the municipality for the following four years. Election results are considered official at 12 noon on October 25, 2013. However, the returning officer may publish unofficial election results earlier.
Residents can grumble about the decisions that are being made by their local governments but now is the time they can also take an active role in helping shape those discussions and decisions. As stated in the Municipal Government Act, the purposes of a municipality are (a) to provide good government, (b) to provide services, facilities or other things that, in opinion of council, are necessary or desirable for all or a part of the municipality, and (c) to develop and maintain safe and viable communities.
Your tax dollars pay for governance, so get involved to ensure you are electing good stewards of your money and getting a good return on every tax dollar invested. For more detailed information about the upcoming municipal elections go to the Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs website at: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca/documents/ms/Running_for_Municipal_Office_in_Alberta_2013.pdf