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More than a dozen candidates will square off in Town of Bonnyville municipal election

Constituents voting in the Town of Bonnyville’s municipal election will have five opportunities to cast their ballot before election day.
Town of Bonnyville voters will get to choose from 13 nominees for Town councillors and choose from two mayoral candidates for the 2021 municipal election happening Oct. 18. File Photo.  

BONNYVILLE – At least, four new faces will appear on the Town of Bonnyville’s council following the Oct. 18 municipal election.  

The Town of Bonnyville’s current mayor Gene Sobolewski, and three councillors, Rene Van Brabant, Ray Prevost and Lorna Storoschuk, have chosen not to run in the upcoming 2021 municipal election.   

Although Coun. Elisa Brosseau will not be running to reclaim her seat as councillor, she has thrown her name into the ring for mayor. This will leave up to five seats on council open to new nominees.  

Coun. Brosseau will run against candidate Duane Zaraska for mayor in the upcoming election. 

To fill the other seats on council, voters will get to choose from 13 nominees for Town councillors.  

Running with the hopes of returning to their position on council are incumbents Chad Colbourne and Brian McEvoy. Other names that will appear on the ballot with hopes of scooping a councillor seat include: Kayla Blanchette, James Dale, Zak Eddamni, Byron Johnson, Bryan Krawchuk, Phil Kushnir, Neil Langridge, Trevor Makaruk, Michael Morris, David Sharun and Darcy Zelisko. 

Taking it to the Polls 

On election day, polling will take place at the Bonnyville Seniors Drop-in Center (4813 – 47 Ave.) from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

For residents hoping to skip the line on Oct. 18, there will be five opportunities to take part in advance polling. All five advanced polls will take place at the Town Administration Office in the Council Chambers.  

Advanced polling for the Town of Bonnyville will take place on: 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 7 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Saturday, Oct. 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

  • Thursday, Oct. 14 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

The Town of Bonnyville will also be offering an Elector Assistance at Home Voting option on the same days as the advance polling dates.  

Residents requiring Elector Assistance at Home Voting will have to contact the Town of Bonnyville’s Substitute Returning Officer, Renee Stoyles, by Monday, Oct. 4.  

More on the ballot 

When residents from the Town of Bonnyville return to the polls this October to vote in the municipal election, they won’t only be voting on who they would like to fill the seats of mayor and councillors. 

Additional questions added to the municipal ballot at the request of the Alberta government include two referendum questions and an opportunity to select three provincial Senate nominees.  

The two referendum questions that will be included on the 2021 municipal ballot are as follows: 

  • “Should section 36(2) of the Constitution Act, 1982 – Parliament and the government of Canada’s commitment to the principle of making equalization payments – be removed from the constitution?” 

  • “Do you want Alberta to adopt year-round Daylight Saving Time, which is summer hours, eliminating the need to change our clocks twice a year?” 

The Town of Bonnyville will also be conducting the vote for the Senate election and referendum questions for residents of Summer Village of Bonnyville Beach and Summer Village of Pelican Narrows. 

Jazmin Tremblay

About the Author: Jazmin Tremblay

Jazmin completed a minor in journalism at Hanze University in the Netherlands and completed her Communication Studies degree from MacEwan University with a major in journalism.
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