The race is on for seats on St. Albert's city council and both school boards.
Two people are seeking the mayor's chair, incumbent Nolan Crouse and challenger Shelley Biermanski. Despite rumours that another candidate may emerge to challenge Crouse, Biermanski was the only one to officially file. She announced her intention to run several weeks ago.
The period for submitting nomination papers was between 8 a.m. and noon Monday. The list of candidates became official at noon today.
There are 13 people seeking the six council seats. They include incumbents Gareth Jones, James Burrows, Roger Lemieux and Len Bracko. The challengers are Aisling Pollard-Kientzel, Cam MacKay, Cathy Heron, James Van Damme, Stanley Haroun, Wes Brodhead, Malcolm Parker, Norm Harley and Robyn Morrison.
All the candidates had previously declared their intention to run. Only one person who had announced an intention to run, Frances Badrock, failed to follow through by filing papers.
To date, there are two forums scheduled for city council candidates, on Sept. 28 and Oct. 12. The election is scheduled for Oct. 18.
School trustee race
On the school board side, there will be a race to decide trusteeships for both the Protestant and Catholic boards.
There are six candidates seeking the four seats in the St. Albert ward of the Catholic board. These include incumbents Dave Caron, Rosaleen McEvoy, Jacquie Hansen, Joan Crockett and newcomers Brock Dagenais and Chris Cooke.
Neither of the newcomers had publicly announced their intention to run prior to Monday.
There are eight people seeking the five seats on the Protestant school board. All four incumbents are running: Morag Pansegrau, Joan Trettler, Judy Huisman, Gerry Martins. One seat has been vacant since April due to the death of trustee Ernie Wynychuk.
The four newcomers running for the Protestant board include Joe Demko, Shannon Homeniuk, Mike Johnson and Cheryl Dumont.
Only Demko had previously announced his intention publicly.