Morinville will go to polls for council but not mayor

by Lucie Roy
Morinville News Correspondent

Nomination Day for the Municipal Election was held Sept. 18 from 10- a.m. until noon at St. Germain Place.

The Mayor-Elect by acclamation is Barry Turner, the only candidate to file papers for the top spot.

The six positions for Councillor to serve a four-year term will go to an election on Oct. 16.

The seven candidates are Rebecca Balanko, Nicole Boutestein, Stephen Dafoe, Lawrence Giffin, Sarah Hall, Neil McDougall and Scott Richardson.

According to the Local Authorities Election Act, a candidate may withdraw their nomination within 24 hours of the end of the nomination day, up t0 12 noon on the day after nomination day, making these unofficial results for the seven Councillors candidates


The Morinville Public Library will hold a Speed-Date A Candidate forum on Oct. 3 to be held at the Library from 7 p.m. to 8:30 pm. Residents are invited to sit, one-on-one with each candidate to chat and ask questions.

An All Candidates Forum hosted by the Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce will be held Sept. 27 at the Morinville Community Cultural Centre with doors open at 6 p.m. and the forum from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Advance Voting will take place Oct. 4 from 4 p.m. to 8 pm and Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Stapleton Room, 2nd floor at St. Germain Place.

The Municipal Election will be held Oct. 16 at the MCCC from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Swearing-In Ceremony and Organizational Meeting of the elected Council will take place Oct. 24 in Council Chambers at 6 p.m.

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    • When there is only one candidate for office on nomination day – the candidate is acclaimed to the position. Barry Turner was the only candidate and is mayor elect. He becomes mayor once sworn in following the election for the rest of his Council.

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