The federal election may be over, but Wetaskiwin residents have another opportunity to have their voices heard. The 2021 Municipal Election will be held on Monday, Oct. 18, with voting from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at two polling locations, the Memorial Art Centre and Wetaskiwin Drill Hall.
Voters will also have the opportunity to vote in advance on October 13, at the Memorial Arts Centre from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. or on October 16 at the East Fire Hall (Station 2) Drive Thru from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
Potential candidates had until noon on Sep. 20 to submit nominations, and there is now a full slate of candidates vying for your votes. Wetaskiwin City Council consists of one mayor and six City Councillors, and all of these positions are up for election this year.
Wetaskiwin Mayoral candidates
- Branco, Joe
- Gandam, Tyler
- Haavaldsen, Craig
- Moriartey, Jenn
Wetaskiwin City Councillor candidates
- Aberle, Karen
- Billingsley, Dean
- Blatz, Gabrielle
- Cifarelli, Mike
- Commet, James
- Elliot, Bill
- Fontaine, Myrna (MJ)
- Hanks, Jessi
- Ilkiw, Magpie
- Lonsdale, Kevin
- Mackenzie, Roderick
- Mildenberger, Ronald
- Neilson, Wayne
- Rule, Amanda
- Thiessen, Colleen
- Venardos, Steven
Find more information on the candidates at http://wetaskiwin.ca/238/2021-Municipal-Election.
How to vote
To be eligible to vote, you must be a resident of the City of Wetaskiwin, at least 18 years old, a Canadian Citizen, and have resided in Alberta and Wetaskiwin for six consecutive months prior to the election.
For voting on Oct. 18, residents of western Wetaskiwin will vote at the Memorial Arts Centre, 5206 50 St. and residents of eastern Wetaskiwin will vote at Wetaskiwin Drill Hall, 4519 50 Ave. Consult the map for more details, or visit http://wetaskiwin.ca/1136/Voter-Information.
The Leduc, Nisku and Wetaskiwin Regional Chamber of Commerce will be moderating this election’s Municipal Forum. You will be able to hear from all candidates at the virtual Municipal Forum on October 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A separate Mayor Forum will also be held on October 6 from 12:00PM-1:00PM. Registration is free and open to all. All confirmed registrants will receive a Zoom link 24 hours prior to the event.
Click the links below to register:
The two referendum questions are:
- Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?
- Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?
Find more information on those votes at www.elections.ab.ca.