Wetaskiwin residents, along with many other Albertans, took to the polls on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, during the 2021 general municipal elections to select their new council and mayor, as well as share their opinions on the province’s referendum questions.
The official results saw incumbent Tyler Gandam returning to City Hall for another four years as Mayor, where he will once again be joined by incumbents Gabrielle Blatz, Dean Billingsley, Kevin Lonsdale and Wayne Neilson. Dr. Karen Aberle was elected to City Council for her first term as councillor, and former Mayor Bill Elliot — who served on Wetaskiwin’s City Council for nearly three decades before leaving politics in 2017 — has also joined the ranks again as a councillor.
Approximately 36 per cent of eligible voters in the City of Wetaskiwin participated in the 2021 general municipal election, with 3,442 ballots being cast of 9,645 eligible voters — a five per cent increase from 2017.
The Wetaskiwin Regional Public Schools Trustee election results can be found on the WRPS website. The final results for both the senate and referendum ballots will be announced by Elections Alberta on Oct. 26, 2021.
A virtual swearing in ceremony will be conducted Monday, Oct. 25, 2021 for the recently elected members of Wetaskiwin City Council and will be broadcast through Facebook Live at 3 p.m. The ceremony will begin with a smudge and prayer provided by Maskwacis Elder Ivy Raine, followed by the Oaths of Office.