Count­down to mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion

The Drumheller Mail - - DRUMHELLERMAILREALESTATE.COM - Patrick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

In just over two months, res­i­dents of Drumheller and the en­tire province will be go­ing to the polls for mu­nic­i­pal elec­tions.

On Oc­to­ber 16, res­i­dents will have their say to elect of­fi­cials in Vil­lages, Towns, Mu­nic­i­pal Districts, and Coun­ties. School Board trus­tees will also be selected.

Nom­i­na­tion Day is Septem­ber 18. This is the day that those wish­ing to run for pub­lic of­fice must have their nom­i­na­tion pa­pers filed.

There are plenty of re­sources avail­able at www.mu­nic­i­palaf­fairs.al­berta.ca/mc_­elec­tions for po­ten­tial can­di­dates to learn the pro­ce­dures and re­spon­si­bil­i­ties for those run­ning for of­fice.

While the clock is tick­ing down, slowly can­di­dates are com­ing out the wood­work. In Drumheller, Heather Col­berg, and coun­cil­lor Sharel Shoff have de­clared their can­di­dacy for mayor and are ac­tively cam­paign­ing. So far, coun­cil­lors Tom Zariski and Tara McMil­lan have ex­pressed in­ter­est in run­ning again for coun­cil. In Star­land County Reeve Bar­rie Hoover has ex­pressed that he is plan­ning to put his name in to run again. In Wheat­land County long time Di­vi­sion 7 coun­cil­lor Ben Arm­strong has also said he would be run­ning in the next mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion.

In Knee­hill County, long time coun­cil­lor Carol Cal­houn has de­cided she will not be run­ning. She has served the con­stituents of Di­vi­sion 2 for the last 16 years.

“I will al­ways cher­ish the mem­o­ries made and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that arose while serv­ing as a mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil­lor. As I re­flect on the many changes that have taken place since 2001, I am proud and grate­ful that I have been able to be part of the de­ci­sion mak­ing process for the ben­e­fit of the fu­ture of our com­mu­nity,” she said.

She is ap­pre­cia­tive of the other coun­cil­lors, staff and ad­min­is­tra­tion she has worked with over the years as well as the sup­port of her fam­ily.

“I couldn’t have done it with­out your con­stant sup­port and help at home,” she said. She wishes the best to those who are in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing pol­i­tics.

“It is a worth­while ex­pe­ri­ence and a ser­vice to your com­mu­nity that you will never re­gret.”

Those wish­ing to an­nounce their can­di­dacy, news@drumheller­mail.com email

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