Information for Candidates
Running for City Council is a great way to serve your community.
Registering as a Candidate
- Download the Chestermere Prospective Candidate Guide: This guide has the complete information you will need to be a candidate for municipal office in the City of Chestermere. Click here to download the guide.
- Confirm Eligibility: To be nominated as a candidate for City Council, a candidate must be at least 18 years old; a Canadian Citizen; have resided in the City of Chestermere for the six consecutive months immediately preceding Nomination Day AND is not otherwise ineligible or disqualified. For more eligibility requirements, please see sections 21-23 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
- Complete the Candidate Nomination Package: Nomination forms, requirements and deposit information can be found by downloading the Prospective Candidate Package.
- Submit Your Nomination before 12:00 noon September 20, 2021: Late Nominations will not be accepted. The nomination package must include all completed forms, a deposit, and a confirmation that the candidate has completed reading required sections of the Local Authorities Election Act.
Note: Due to current COVID-19 protocols, you may submit your nomination papers by mail, courier or secure drop box at City Hall (105 Marina Road, Chestermere, AB T1X 1V7, Attn: Returning Officer). In addition, in person meetings with the Returning Officer or election staff are not permitted at this time. If you have any questions, contact the Returning Officer at email@example.com. The Returning Officer will contact candidates within a few days of submission to confirm receipt and completeness of paperwork.
Important Notes about Running for Office:
Mayor vs. Councillor: As the Mayor is an equal member of Council, information materials that refer to 'Council' or 'Members of Council' also refer to the Mayor. Once the election is over, the Mayor (Chief Elected Official (CEO)) is expected to abide by the same expectations as any other member of Council AND several additional responsibilities. More details can be found in the 2021 Chestermere Prospective Candidate Guide.
Council Salaries: As a result of the extra duties a Mayor is expected to undertake, the Mayoral position is considered a full time position and is paid differently than Councillors. Council members are considered part time and are paid accordingly. Find out about Council's current salaries here.
Campaigning: In accordance with the Local Authorities Election Act (LAEA), it is an offence for any person to commit bribery either directly or indirectly by himself or herself or by any other person on his or her behalf or directly or indirectly by himself or herself or any other person on his or her behalf threaten, damage, injure, harm or practice intimidation to influence a person’s vote. Anybody who contravenes these provisions is liable for a fine of up to $5000 and/or to imprisonment for up to two years (LAEA s. 121). More details can be found in the 2021 Chestermere Prospective Candidate Guide .
- Signage is very specific and has been addressed in the Candidates Information Workshop (see video above)
- Signs of any description (lawn signs, larger signs 1m x 1m on boulevards / City land, signs on cars) are permitted, BUT only 30 days prior to Election Day
- No City permits are required during the election period
- All signage must be removed no later that 7 days after election day, or fines will be incurred
- Campaigning– this is allowed as soon as you are a registered/confirmed candidate. Campaigning activities may include:
- Going door to door to residents
- Handing out flyers
- Holding information sessions or rallies
- Any activity that involves getting the word out about your campaign/promoting yourself – without the use of temporary signage
- If you have a campaign office that you are renting – you are allowed to put up signage in the window or in your office. These are not considered election signs out in the community.
Financing: While each candidate may decide on his or her amount of campaigning, there are specific guidelines regarding the use of money in a campaign. All candidates must read the Local Authorities Election Act for all rules and regulations. Basic requirements include not accepting contributions until the nomination period commences, opening a bank account, and filing disclosure statements.
Campaign Contribution Limits:
- A candidate whose campaign is entirely self funded has a funding cap of $10,000 in a campaign period.
- Campaign contributions by any person, other than a candidate to their own campaign, to a single candidate shall not exceed $5000.00 in any year (LAEA s. 147.2(1)).
Additional financing information:
- The financial campaign period is from Jan 1, 2021 to Dec 31, 2021.
- You are able to collect donations for your campaign for this whole period
- You are able to incur campaign expenses for this period only
- If your donations/expenses exceed $1000, you must have a separate bank account open for campaign purposes only
- You are responsible for your financial reporting due in 2022
More details can be found in the 2021 Chestermere Prospective Candidate Guide .
Election Day & Beyond
Election Day for the 2021 Municipal Election is October 18, 2021.
Candidates, official agents or an appointed scrutineer are authorized to be present in the polling station to observe the electoral proceedings. Campaigning on the property of the polling station is strictly prohibited.
Other than objecting to the eligibility of an elector, neither candidates nor their representative may interact with voters or election staff. If a candidate or their representative has a question or concern about the process, it must be directed to the Returning Officer or Deputy Returning Officer.
On the evening of election day, the Returning Officer will tally the votes cast during advance votes, special ballots and on voting day and post the unofficial results on the door of the voting station. The City will also post the unofficial results on the City of Chestermere website, Facebook page and Twitter accounts.
Pursuant to Section 98 of the Local Authorities Election Act and under certain circumstances the Returning Officer may conduct a recount in the 44 hours immediately following the closing of voting stations. If a recount is conducted, the Returning Officer will notify any candidates that may be affected.
At 12 noon on October 22, the Returning Officer shall post the official results at City Hall and announce the final, official results of the election. The official results will also be shared on the City's various platforms.
Post Election - All Candidates
After the Election all candidates must remove all election signage within 7 days. Those who were accepting campaign contributions must file a campaign disclosure statement on or before March 1, 2022 and candidates will receive back their deposit if they have been elected or obtained half the number of votes cast for the candidate elected to the office with the least number of votes.
Post Election - Elected Candidates
Candidates who have been elected will receive an invitation from the Chief Administrative Officer for a meet and greet at City Hall following the election. At that time you will receive an orientation package and further instructions on what to expect for taking your oaths of office, and orientation.
More details can be found in the 2021 Chestermere Prospective Candidate Guide.
Additional Resources for Candidates
Latest Update for Candidates:
For more information on the roles and responsibilities of Council members, review the following resources:
- Municipal Elections Overview (provided by Municipal Affairs)
- Running for Municipal Office in Alberta (provided by Municipal Affairs)
- What every Councillor Needs to Know (provided by Municipal Affairs)
- Pecuniary Interest for Municipal Councillors (provided by Municipal Affairs)
- Roles and Responsibilities of Council vs. Administration: Courtesy Dr. Gordon McIntosh, Local Government Leadership Institute
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