CORRECTION: Please note, the first version of this story that was published online contained an error. The article stated that Coun. Teri Underhill was not running for re-election. This was in error. Underhill has not yet delcared whether she will run in the 2021 municipal election. Nominations remain open until Sept. 20, 2021. For the most up-to-date information on the candidates, visit www.ponoka.ca/p/meet-the-candidates.
Municipal election day is looming and several candidates have announced they are running for Ponoka town council.
Ponoka residents will head to the polling stations on election day, Oct. 18, 2021, to vote for six councillors and a mayor. Voting will be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion (3911 Highway 2A).
As of Aug. 13, the only candidate running for mayor is current town councillor Kevin Ferguson.
So far, candidates running for council are incumbents Ted Dillon, Clayton Nelson, Sandra Lyon and Carla Prediger.
Mayor Rick Bonnett is not running for re-election.
Would-be candidates still have time to file their nomination papers.
Due to changes in election legislation, the nomination period opened on Jan. 4, 2021 and doesn’t close until Sept. 20, 2021 at 12 p.m. Nominations for mayor and councillors will be accepted by the Returning Officer until 12 p.m. on Sept. 20.
Prospective candidates can file their nomination papers by scheduling an appointment with the Returning Officer, dropping off a paper copy at the town’s reception or by using the secure drop box located inside the west doors of the Ponoka Civic Centre, located at 5604 50 St.
Advance poll dates are Oct. 13, from 2 to 8 p.m. and Oct. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Both advance voting days will be held on the third floor of the Ponoka Civic Centre.