Here's some tips from current councillors
Municipal elections in Alberta won’t be held until October 2017, but some residents may already be feeling an urge to take a stand on an issue close to home or to step into a leadership role in their community. But it’s hard to know where to even begin running a successful campaign.
The base requirements for securing a seat in office are actually rather minimal. Municipal Affairs requires candidates to be at least 18 years of age on nomination day, a Canadian citizen, and they must have been a resident of the local jurisdiction for six consecutive months preceding nomination day. Candidates in towns are only required to be nominated by five eligible voters on their nomination form, which is provided by the CAO or town clerk.
Members of council are given the power to significantly influence the future of the community. This power depends on the individual’s ability to persuade other members of council to adopt particular views and to shape and establish policy for the municipality, with all decisions made at public meetings.
But while councillors usually only meet once a week, there are heavy time demands pressed on officials outside the council chamber walls. While serving a four-year term, councilors are required to serve on municipal boards as council representatives, expected to attend conferences, conventions, and seminars for training and discussion, as well as attend social events promoting the municipality. Councillors will also need to spend time reading material and talking to residents, coordinating with the Chief Administrative