By Stu SalkeldThe Stettler Independent
UPDATED Clearview Public Schools has notified The Stettler Independent that one candidate has withdrawn her name from the 2017 board of trustees eelction.
According to assistant superintendent Peter Neale, “Following Nomination Day yesterday, (incumbent) Yvette Cassidy removed her name from consideration in Ward 2 today. This provides for the nomination of Kimberley Smyth to be acclamated for Ward 2 (Big Valley and area, as well as Erskine south area).”
The Town of Stettler will have a new mayor after a single candidate was acclaimed on nomination day, Sept. 18.
Local businessman Sean Nolls was acclaimed as the only candidate to come forward for the office of mayor for the Town of Stettler. He will take over for long-time mayor Dick Richards after the Oct. 16 municipal election.
Nolls said he takes the role of mayor very seriously. “It’s something I’m really proud of,” said Nolls by phone Sept. 18.
Nolls said his approach to the mayor’s job will depend on the topic. Some subjects demand a serious approach, while he’s also found people respond readily to a more laid-back approach.
The mayor-elect also said he spoke to mayor Richards on nomination day, and has always considered him as a strong role model for a councilor and mayor.
With the office of mayor decided, 10 candidates will vie for the six town councilor seats. Candidates include Darcy Bachman (incumbent), Cheryl Barros, Will Brown (incumbent), Al Campbell (incumbent), Malcolm John Fischer (incumbent), Gord Lawlor, Scott Pfeiffer, Travis Randell, James (Jim) Smith and Wayne G. Smith.
The community forum, a chance for the public to hear platforms and question candidates, will be held October 2 at 7 p.m. at SRC Hub.
Advance voting will be held at the Town Office 5031 – 50 Street on the following dates: Wednesday, October 4, 2017 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday, October 7, 2017 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and; Wednesday, October 11, 2017 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election day is Monday, October 16, with polls at the Stettler Community Hall from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
County of Stettler
County of Stettler voters will be busy this fall as there are contests in every ward except one. In Ward 7, Donalda-Red Willow, reeve Wayne Nixon was acclaimed.
Other ward contests include: Ward 1 Byemoor-Endiang Les Stulberg (incumbent) and Rob Somerville; Ward 2: Big Valley Dave Grover (incumbent) and Terry Schiffner; Ward 3: Botha-Gadsby Larry Clarke and Elaine Hoekstra; Ward 4: Stettler Blake Chapman and Ernie Gendre (incumbent); Ward 5: Erskine South – Warden Earl Marshall and James Nibourg (incumbent) and; Ward 6: Erskine-Buffalo Lake Joe Gendre (incumbent), James Marshall, Doug McKay and Cheri Neitz.
The Stettler Board of Trade along with the Stettler Public Library have informed The Stettler Independent they will be hosting a County of Stettler candidate public forum on Wednesday, October 4 at 7 p.m. at The Hub in the Stettler Recreation Centre.
Clearview Public Schools
The public school division had a number of acclamations, and a number of contests after nomination day.
Three wards saw only one candidate come forward for the board of trustees: Ward 1 Guy Neitz, Ward 5 Erika Jane Grice and Ward 6 incumbent Ken Checkel. All were acclaimed.
According to a press release from Clearview Public Schools the following wards will have an election on October 16, 2017 (There will be elections in Ward 2 to fill one trustee position, Ward 3 to fill two trustee positions and Ward 4 to fill one trustee position) The following candidates have been nominated (by ward, in alphabetical order): Ward 2, Big Valley and area, as well as Erskine south area, Yvette Cassidy and Kimberley Rae Smyth.
Ward 3, Town of Stettler, Dave Goodwin, Greg Hayden, Rebecca (Becky) Scott, Peter Simons and David Zondag.
Ward 4, Botha, Gadsby, Byemoor and areas, as well as Halkirk and Halkirk West areas Steve Davies and John Schofer.
East Central Alberta Catholic Schools
The incumbent trustee for Ward 3, Dwayne Austin, was acclaimed for the separate school division Sept. 18 according to returning office Mary Ann Threinen that day.