Candidates officially file papers for upcoming municipal election

Voters head to the polls on Oct. 16th

Monday marked the deadline day for municipal candidates to file their nomination papers at Lacombe’s City Hall.

County candidates also filed at the Lacombe County office as well.

Voters head to the polls on Oct. 16th.

What follows is an unofficial list of mayoral and council nominees as of noon Monday.

For the office of mayor, incumbent City Councillor Peter Bouwsema and Grant Creasey are officially in the race.

For the office of councillor, (six members to be elected), 12 residents are officially running now including incumbent City Councillor Wayne Armishaw, Sandy (Pepper) Douglas, Don Gullekson, Thalia Hibbs, Cora Hoekstra, Jonathan Jacobson, incumbent Councillor Reuben Konnik, incumbent Bill McQuesten, incumbent Wayne Rempel, Chris Ross and Joyce M. Smith.

Under the provisions of the Local Authorities Election Act, any nominee may choose to withdraw within 24 hours following the close of the nomination period.

The returning officer, Chief Administrative Officer Dion Pollard, will make an official declaration of candidates at that time.

In the meantime, advance polls are set to run on Sept. 30th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in City Hall’s Council Chambers, and again on Oct. 11th from 4 to 8 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers as well.

Unofficially as well, the candidate list for Lacombe County council reads as follows – Division 1 candidates include incumbent Rod McDermand and John Ireland.

Deputy Reeve Brenda Knight has been acclaimed in Division 2, as has Barb Shepherd in Division 3 and Reeve Paula Law in Division 4.

Division 5 candidates include incumbent Ken Wigmore and Denise Sumner, Division 6 candidates include incumbent Keith Stephenson and Robert Szasz and finally Dana Kreil has been acclaimed for Division 7.

County candidates have until noon on Sept. 19th to withdraw their names from consideration for municipal election.

Advance voting in the County will take place on Oct. 2nd.

Meanwhile, an all-candidates forum for the City of Lacombe candidates is scheduled for Sept. 28th at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.

The Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce is hosting the forum, which starts at 7 p.m.

The forum will be moderated by Ken Kobly, president and CEO of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce, according to a release.

It will be carried out under the supervision of the 2017 Chamber Board and Political Action Committee with the help of volunteers to act as timekeepers, greeters, and scrutinizers.

The public is welcome to submit written questions on paper provided at the event. The questions will vetted by scrutinizers and presented by the moderator to the candidates on behalf of the public.

The forum will take place in the Centennial Hall at the LMC.

Doors open to the public at 6:30 p.m. No political signs are allowed inside the Lacombe Memorial Centre or Centennial Hall. The forum concludes promptly at 9 p.m.

Complete forum rules and regulations can be obtained through the Chamber office.

Additional questions can be directed to info@lacombechamber.ca or by calling 403-782-4300.

– Weber

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