Decisions about municipal zoning, business development, parks, policing and more … all of this happens at the local level, with Wetaskiwin’s elected officials guiding municipal staff in measures to create a welcoming, livable community where residents and businesses thrive.
In many ways this is the level of government that most directly impacts us from day to day.
If you’re interested in putting your name forward, either as a mayoral or councillor candidate, the time is now. In fact, the deadline to do so for this next term is Sept. 20.
Wetaskiwin voters will elect a mayor and six councillors when they go to the polls this fall, with the winning candidates serving a four-year term.
The nomination and election process is governed by provincial rules, so for those considering throwing their hat in the ring, here’s what you need to know!
To be eligible to run for office, candidates must:
- Be a Canadian citizen
- Be at least 18 years of age on or before nomination day, Jan. 1, 2021
- Have lived in Alberta for the last six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day
- Have been a resident of Wetaskiwin for the last six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day.
Last week, the City hosted an information session for potential candidates – find the recorded session here:
To learn more about council requirements and expectations, you’ll find the Candidate Information Package here.
A nomination form must be signed by at least five eligible electors. Once you have your paperwork completed, email the Returning Officer at email@example.com to arrange to submit it by the deadline (Sept. 20, 2021).
Candidates are governed by the Local Authorities Election Act, and several changes have been introduced this year, including:
- Campaign Finance and Contribution Disclosure – All candidates are required to submit Campaign Disclosure Statements, regardless of whether they’re self-funded, received campaign contributions, or did not have any campaign expenses. For all contributions over $50, candidates must submit the names of those who made the contribution with their statement.
- Accountability and Transparency
- Voter Accessibility
- Third Party Advertising
- General Clarifying and Technical Amendments
Candidates are responsible for understanding and following these rules.
Need more information?
Resources from Municipal Affairs, including the 2021 Candidates Guide, help prospective candidates understand the process and legislative requirements, covering such topics as: the nomination process; campaign financing; and how to campaign.
Other useful tips are available in the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s Running for Municipal Office, which provides useful guides and interviews with Alberta mayors and councillors.
The election is scheduled for Oct. 18, with advance voting Oct. 13. For more information, contact Wetaskiwin’s designated Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org.