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Division 4 byelection set for MD of Pincher Creek

Division 4 byelection set for MD of Pincher Creek
A byelection date of May 30, has been chosen by the MD of Pincher Creek following the resignation of councillor Harold Hollingshead.
A byelection date of May 30, has been chosen by the MD of Pincher Creek following the resignation of councillor Harold Hollingshead.
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Division 4 byelection set for MD of Pincher Creek

By Dave Lueneberg
By Dave Lueneberg
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Shootin’ the Breeze Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
February 21, 2024
February 21, 2024

A byelection date of Thursday, May 30, has been chosen by the MD of Pincher Creek following the Jan. 31 resignation of Division 4 councillor Harold Hollingshead.

The process, open only to those living in the division, will occur if two or more names appear on the ballot. Nominations close May 2.

There are some mandated eligibility requirements.

“They must be eligible to vote in the election,” explains Maureen Webster, returning officer for the municipal district, meaning the person running will need to be at least 18 years of age on election day.

“They have to have resided in the ward itself for six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day,” she says.

Employees of the jurisdiction are ineligible unless a leave of absence is granted to serve office.

According to Elections Alberta legislation, a candidate might be immediately disqualified if they owe money to the MD, such as back taxes.

 

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“A person is also ineligible,” Webster points out, “if, within the previous 10 years, they’ve been convicted of an offence under the Elections Act.”

While certainly not trying to discourage anyone from stepping forward, Dave Cox, the MD’s representative for Division 5 and current reeve, acknowledges there’s a huge time commitment for the person elected.

“It is a commitment to the municipality because it’s not just going to council meetings. There are several different committees,” Cox says.

But, he adds, being on MD council is a team effort.

“While you might be representing Division 4, you are really representing all of the residents in the MD,” he says.

The successful candidate will formally step into the Division 4 councillor role and, once sworn in, will hold the position until the next local government elections in October 2025. A full term is four years.

Nomination packages detailing the role of councillors are available on the MD’s website at bit.ly/3T2GdS9. Information packages can also be picked up in person at the MD office on Herron Avenue in Pincher Creek during regular office hours, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Deadline for nominations is May 2 at noon.

 

Indoor and outdoor view of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.

 

Ad for Sara Hawthorn, Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass realtor

A byelection date of Thursday, May 30, has been chosen by the MD of Pincher Creek following the Jan. 31 resignation of Division 4 councillor Harold Hollingshead.

The process, open only to those living in the division, will occur if two or more names appear on the ballot. Nominations close May 2.

There are some mandated eligibility requirements.

“They must be eligible to vote in the election,” explains Maureen Webster, returning officer for the municipal district, meaning the person running will need to be at least 18 years of age on election day.

“They have to have resided in the ward itself for six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day,” she says.

Employees of the jurisdiction are ineligible unless a leave of absence is granted to serve office.

According to Elections Alberta legislation, a candidate might be immediately disqualified if they owe money to the MD, such as back taxes.

 

Ad for Blinds and More in Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass

 

“A person is also ineligible,” Webster points out, “if, within the previous 10 years, they’ve been convicted of an offence under the Elections Act.”

While certainly not trying to discourage anyone from stepping forward, Dave Cox, the MD’s representative for Division 5 and current reeve, acknowledges there’s a huge time commitment for the person elected.

“It is a commitment to the municipality because it’s not just going to council meetings. There are several different committees,” Cox says.

But, he adds, being on MD council is a team effort.

“While you might be representing Division 4, you are really representing all of the residents in the MD,” he says.

The successful candidate will formally step into the Division 4 councillor role and, once sworn in, will hold the position until the next local government elections in October 2025. A full term is four years.

Nomination packages detailing the role of councillors are available on the MD’s website at bit.ly/3T2GdS9. Information packages can also be picked up in person at the MD office on Herron Avenue in Pincher Creek during regular office hours, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Deadline for nominations is May 2 at noon.

 

 

Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.
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Wedding banquet view of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.