Are you thinking of running for Council?
A Candidates Information Package has been prepared that is intended to be a guide in assisting you through the campaign process during the 2021 Municipal Election. Download the links below to obtain a copy of the Package, Appendixes, and the additional information provided.
To assist in keeping Electors informed on Candidates running for municipal Council, we are requesting Candidates provide the following for use on the Town's website:
- a passport style, high resolution, digital photo (i.e., 480 pixels x 672 pixels with 150 ppi resolution).
- a brief bio and statement outlining your reasons for running for a position on Town Council (maximum 250 words). Just a friendly note that you will be limited to the 250 word maximum and that grammar and spelling will not be edited.
Please submit your digital photo and statement to Annette Boissonnault, Returning Officer, at email@example.com.
If you are fortunate to be on Town Council after the October Election, following is a list of meeting dates that you will be required to attend, so please block off your calendars:
Monday, October 25th - 1 p.m. onward. This afternoon will start with a legal review of Council Orientation, supper will then be brought in and the Council Organizational Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by a regular meeting of Council.
Wednesday, November 3rd - 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for the continuation of Council Orientation.
November 17-19 (Wednesday to Friday) - This is not a requirement but is very helpful to all Council members as it is the annual Alberta Urban Municipality Association (AUMA) conference. This year it is in Edmonton. Hotel rooms are booked for Council members and the CAO to stay in Edmonton starting on November 16th, checking out on the 19th.
November 26-28 (Friday to Sunday) - Out of Town for a Service Level Review and Budget meetings. Leave Town on Friday morning to arrive at the location by 11:30 a.m., returning to Town on Sunday later afternoon.
Tuesday, November 30th - 12 noon to 4 p.m. - Municipal Elected Official Emergency Management course. Council is required to take this course. The Town has partnered with Westlock County with the facilitator already being scheduled. This course will take place in Town.
INFORMATION THAT WAS ON THE 2021 MUNICIPAL ELECTION HOMEPAGE
Additional information has been developed in partnership by Alberta Municipal Affairs, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), and the Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA).
We encourage you to visit the Running for Municipal Office page and watch the videos as they provide answers to key questions candidates and potential candidates for municipal offices may have, such as:
- What is it like to be a municipal elected official?
- What is the process for running a municipal campaign?
- How does COVID affect municipal campaigns and elections?
- Where can I find more information?
AUMA and RMA have also produced the following video - Economic Development for Elected Officials.
The Local Authorities Election Act(Act) can be accessed through Alberta Queen's Printer.
- Appendix A - Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance (Form 4)
- Appendix B - Release of Candidate and Official Agent Information Forms
- Appendix C - Election Signage Policy P-49-2013
- Appendix D - Guidelines for Installation of Election Signs
- Appendix E - Candidate Financial Information (Form 5)
- Appendix F - Enumerator, Candidate or Official Agent Proof of Identification (Form 11)
- Appendix G - Campaign Worker Proof of Identification (Form 12)
- Appendix H - Statement of Scrutineer or Official Agent (Form 16)
- Appendix I - List of Town Committees, Boards, and Commissions
- Appendix J - A Candidate's Guide: Running for Municipal Office in Alberta
- Municipal Election Early Counting of Advance and Institutional Ballots Bylaw 2021-15
- Town of Westlock Candidate Package 2021