On Monday, Sept. 20, one election wraps up, and another one goes full tilt.
Monday noon is the deadline for nominations for elections across Alberta for municipal councils and school boards of trustees.
Here in Cochrane, we've already many candidates step forward for town council since nominations opened on January 1.
As of Friday morning, there were 13 candidates for town council listed on the town website, with several more expected to be processed, including those of some current sitting councillors. Dan Cunin was the first to file in mid-March. Others followed and some have been aggressively campaign for several months.
No opponents of Mayor Jeff Genung were listed.
Starting at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, nominations will continue to be accepted until noon. Candidates have the opportunity to withdraw by noon on Sept. 21 before the list becomes officials.
In the past, all candidates filed their paperwork on nomination day. With changes to the Local Authorities Election Act that has changed.
"Candidates have been scheduling appointments to file their paperwork over the course of the past few months to ensure that the appropriate staff was in the building to accept those papers," explains Returning Officer Jaylene Knight.
Monday there is the opportunity for walk-in nominations.
Three forms must be completed to run for office.
All candidates must have the signatures of a minimum of five eligible electors. These electors must be residents of the Town of Cochrane on the date they sign the form and eligible to vote in the election.
Nomination papers must be completed in full and have sworn the candidate’s acceptance section before a Commissioner for Oaths.
If you're currently contemplating letting your name stand, time is running out.
Detailed information on the nomination and election process and procedures is available here.
Election day is Oct. 18.