By-election in Stony Plain set for May 1
Residents of Stony Plain could be heading to the voting stations in two months to choose their new mayor.
At the regular council meeting on Feb. 27, Town council set May 1, 2012 as the date for a by-election in Stony Plain, as per Section 11(1)(b) of the Local Authorities Election Act.
A by-election is an election held to fill a vacant position at a date other than the general election date. If an elected municipal official steps down or resigns part way through his or her three-year term of office, a by-election may be held to elect someone else. Provincial legislation stipulates that the by-election date must be no later than 90 days after the vacancy.
The resignation of Ken Lemke necessitates the by-election. The Town’s most-recent mayor stepped down from his position on Feb. 22, after submitting written notification to the Town Manager, as per Section 161 of the Alberta Municipal Government Act (MGA).
Nomination Day is set for Apr. 3. Should an existing councillor wish to run for the mayoral seat, he or she must tender his or her resignation by the close of business day on, or before, Mar. 16. If an existing councillor resigns, a new councillor can be elected as well.
Any person interested in running for office must submit his or her nomination papers to the Town office between 10:00 a.m. and Noon on nomination day; this is the only time that nominations will be accepted. If only one candidate runs for mayor, and meets all the legislated requirements, he or she will be acclaimed.
Starting Mar. 8, prospective candidates may download a Nomination Package from the Town’s website or pick up a copy from the Town office during regular business hours. Detailed information about running for office, and the responsibilities and duties of elected officials, is available from Alberta Municipal Affairs.
General municipal elections in Alberta occur every three years on the third Monday in October. The last general election took place on Oct. 18, 2010.