Last week the Town of Slave Lake got the jump on municipal election season, launching what it calls its ‘marketing strategy’ for the Oct. 16 vote.
“Residents who are thinking about running in the upcoming election are encouraged to visit slavelake.ca and download the Town of Slave Lake Municipal Elections Candidate Guide,” says returning officer Lisa Russell.
That would certainly be a good start. One who has already stated her intention of running for town council is Rebecca King. She was the unsuccessful one of two candidates who contested a vacant council seat in a byelection earlier this year. She’s been attending council meetings frequently since then and last week made it plain on social media her ‘hat is in the ring.’ It would be fair to say she has the inside track at this point.
As to how many of the current council members might run again, unofficial word has ‘several’ seriously contemplating it, with a couple more ‘on the fence.’ It would seem highly likely that Brice Ferguson – with only a few months of service – would go for a full term. As for the rest, we won’t know for sure until they submit their nomination papers. The date for that is Sept. 18.
The town is hoping to raise the profile of the election in the interim – for one thing to stimulate interest from prospective candidates.
One way they’ll attempt to do that is via a new Facebook page devoted to the election, through which information updates on it can be viewed.
Perking up voter interest is another goal. The motto for the election is ‘Your Town, Your Vote, Your Voice!’
“We want residents to get involved this election, and we encourage residents (to) vote,” Russell says.
Per the usual scenario, elections for school board trustees from the public and separate school divisions will be done along with the municipal election. School board candidates will file their nomination papers at the same time as town council candidates on Sept. 18.