Running for Municipal Office
What You Need to Know
In Wetaskiwin, our City Council is comprised of one (1) mayor and six (6) city councillors. Together, they work to consider and put into action policies that are in the best interest of the municipality as a whole. If you would like to be apart of this decision making process, keep on reading!
Running for municipal office may seem intimidating, but Municipal Affairs has prepared a number of resources to help get potential candidates started and help guide them through the process.
The 2021 Candidates Guide is designed to give prospective candidates an understanding of the process and legislative requirements for running for municipal office in Alberta. The guide covers topics such as:
- the nomination process
- campaign financing
- how to campaign
For more information check out the "Running for Municipal Office" resources from the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) - which provides other useful guides as well as interviews with mayors and councillors from municipalities in Alberta.
What are Mayor and Councils Roles and Responsibilities?
For more information regarding the roles and responsibilities of being on council - check out the roles and responsibilities of municipal officials from the Government of Alberta.
As per section 27(1) of the Local Authorities Election Act a Nomination form (Schedule A in the appendices) must be signed by at least 5 (five) eligible electors and if the nomination is not signed by the minimum number of electors then the Returning Officer shall not accept the form for filling.For full details please read the Candidate Information Package (pdf).
Looking to bring in your nomination documents? Set up an appointment to bring in your nomination paperwork with the designated Returning Officer by sending an email to email@example.com.
Important Dates Candidates, please take notice of the following dates:
Local Authorities Election Act
Recent amendments to the Local Authorities Election Act have come into full force. Please review the following attachments to become familiar with the changes:
- Campaign Finance and Contribution Disclosure
- Accountability and Transparency
- Voter Accessibility
- Third Party Advertising
- General Clarifying and Technical Amendments
Candidate Campaign Disclosure StatementsAll candidates are required pursuant to the Local Authorities Election Act to submit Campaign Disclosure Statements regardless of whether they self-funded, received campaign contributions, or did not have any campaign expenses.
For all contributions over $50, candidates must submit the names of those who made the contribution with their statement.
- Local Authorities Election Act
- Bylaw 1878-17 Municipal Election
- Bylaw 1877-17 Election Signage
- Bylaw 1999-21 Municipal Election
- Campaign Disclosure Statement and Financial Statement Form
ContactsIf you require additional information please contact the designated Returning Officer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please check back on a regular basis as we will continue to publish additional election information as it becomes available.
For specific wording of Province of Alberta legislation, please reference the Local Authorities Election Act of Alberta.