DECISION DAY - Pictured here is the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum which was held late last month. Lacombe residents have until 8 p.m. tonight to cast their ballots at the Lacombe Memorial Centre.                                Lacombe Express file photo

DECISION DAY - Pictured here is the Lacombe and District Chamber of Commerce candidates’ forum which was held late last month. Lacombe residents have until 8 p.m. tonight to cast their ballots at the Lacombe Memorial Centre. Lacombe Express file photo

Election day arrives in Lacombe

Polls are open until 8 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre

The campaigns are all wrapped up and Lacombe residents will be heading to the polls today.

For those needing a last-minute look at the list of candidates locally, here they are. For the mayor’s chair, Peter Bouwsema and Grant Creasey are in the running. For a seat at the council table, candidates include Wayne Armishaw, Sandy (Pepper) Douglas, Don Gullekson, Thalia Hibbs, Cora Hoekstra, Jonathan Jacobson, Reuben Konnik, Bill McQuesten, Wayne Rempel, Chris Ross and Joyce Smith.

In Lacombe County, candidates include – for Division 1 – John Ireland and Rod McDermand. For Division 5, it’s between Denise Sumner and Ken Wigmore, and for Division 6 it’s between Bob Szasz and Keith Stephenson. The candidates in the other divisions were acclaimed.

For more about each of the candidates, visit http://www.lacombeexpress.com/tag/lacombevotes/

Meanwhile voting takes today through to 8 p.m. at the Lacombe Memorial Centre, County Room, 5214 50 Ave.

Please remember to bring valid identification such as a Driver’s License or Government Photo ID Card. More information on acceptable ID can be found at www.lacombe.ca/election.

For more information about the 2017 municipal election, visit www.lacombe.ca/election.

Results from the two advance polls (Sept. 30th and Oct. 11th) for the 2017 Lacombe municipal election indicated that nearly 400 eligible voters took the opportunity to beat the election day rush to get their vote in early, up from 303 in the 2013 election – an increase of 24%.

Last time, 3,294 out of approximately 8,800 eligible electors cast their votes in the 2013 Lacombe Election, a 37% voter turnout.

For the 2017 election, around 10,000 residents are eligible to vote.

-Weber