Candidates announced for municipal elections
Election 2013: Mayors in Black Diamond and Turner Valley unchallenged
By: John Barlow
| Posted: Monday, Sep 23, 2013 03:08 pm
The deadline for nominations in the October municipal election passed this afternoon and there will be elections in all local municipalities.
In the Town of Okotoks incumbent Mayor Bill Robertson will be challenged by Larry Albrecht and three incumbent councillors will be challenged by 10 candidates including four people who ran in the previous election.
Councillors who will be running for re-election include Matt Rockley, Ray Watrin and Ed Sands, who is seeking his seventh term on council.
The other candidates will include Ken Heemeryck, Nicole Watkins, Michael Douglas Moore and Carrie Fischer who ran in the 2010 election. Newcomers include Geneva Clark, Stacy Lock, Tanya Thorn, Jared McCollum, Lynne Pelser Karch and Sean Foley.
In the MD of Foothills there will be elections in four of the seven divisions while three incumbents will return to council by acclamation.
In Division 1, Coun. Ralph Nelson will not seek re-election, but three candidates have stepped forward including Shirley Pickering, Richard Percifield and Colin Woodley.
In Division 2, incumbent Doug Longson will once again face Delilah Miller, who he defeated in the 2010 election by just seven votes, 189 to 182. Jackie Lacey placed third with 169 votes.
Another incumbent will be challenged in Division 3 where Jason Parker will take on two-term councillor Barb Castell.
Finally, in Division 5 long-time councillor Ron Chase will be in election mode against Brian Saltman.
Three divisions were decided by acclamation including Reeve Larry Spilak (Division 6), Suzanne Oel in Division 4 and Deputy Reeve Ted Mills in Division 7.
In Turner Valley, mayor Kelly Tuck will not be challenged and will return for another term.
However, there are several candidates running for council including incumbents Gerald Pfeil, Barry Williamson, Dona Fluter, Sandra Rishaug, Terry Moore and Lane Park. New candidates include Barry Crane, Cheryl Dobbyn and Randal Williamson.
The mayor will also not be challenged in Black Diamond where Sharlene Brown will return to her mayor’s chair.
There will be decisions to be made for council as incumbents James Deacon, Michel Jackson, Diane Osberg, Mike Ross and Judy Thomson will be challenged by Ruth Goodwin and Jackie Stickel.
There will be only one election for a Foothills School Division trustee in the Oct. 21 municipal election.
In Ward 1, incumbent Jerry Muelaner submitted his papers today to seek his sixth term at the school division table. He will be up against Jeannine Tucker in the ward that serves the Longview-Black Diamond-Turner Valley corridor.
Meanwhile no one submitted a nomination to replace Foothills chairwoman Dian Froc.
The division will keep its office open for nominations tomorrow to fill Froc’s Ward 2 seat. Ward 2 serves the Davisburg, Blackie and Cayley area.
The three remaining seats were won by acclamation by the incumbents.
Laurie Copland will serve her fourth term as the Okotoks trustee (Ward 3), Christine Pretty is representing the Millarville, Red Deer Lake area (Ward 4) and High River trustee, Ward 5, is Doug Gardner.
There will not be an election in Christ the Redeemer Catholic School’s two local wards as Ron Schreiber will return as trustee for Okotoks and Bryan Little will remain trustee for Foothills. Both won by acclamation.