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Run For Municipal Office
A Municipal election is set for October 18, 2021.  Nomination papers must be filed between January 1, 2021 and September 20, 2021 at 12 noon.  No fundraising can be undertaken until nomination papers have been filed.

All candidates must be eligible to vote in the election and must be:
  • at least 18 years old;
  • a Canadian citizen;
  • be a resident of Sexsmith for the six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day;
  • not otherwise ineligible or disqualified. 
Candidates are subject to further requirements outlined in the Local Authorities Election Act. Candidates are advised to refer to the Local Authorities Election Act and, if required, obtain legal advice regarding the full extent of their obligations.
Wondering what is involved in running for Municipal Office and what comes after.  The following information packages may help you decide:

A Candidate's Guide for Running for Municipal Office in Alberta
What Every Councillor Needs to Know
Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act
Information for Potential Candidates
Nomination forms can be obtained at the Town office or by accessing the Municipal Affairs website at the following link.  Please note a $100.00 deposit in Canadian Funds must accompany the Nomination paper.  The Town accepts cash, cheque or money order or debit as acceptable methods of payment.  Form 4 must be signed by at least five (5) people eligible to vote in the election and the forms must include original handwritten signatures. Digital signatures are not accepted. The nomination form states that candidates are required to make an affidavit saying that you are eligible for nomination, not disqualified from office, and that you will accept the office if you are elected. You must swear or affirm that affidavit before a Commissioner for Oaths or the Returning Officer/Substitute Returning Officer/Deputy Returning Officer.  Returning Officers are on site at the Town office.
In addition to the Nomination Paper and Candidate's Acceptance form, the following additional forms must be submitted:
Authorization for Release of Personal Information (see Release of Personal Information below)
Candidate Financial Information 
Release of Personal Information

The Returning Officer will receive requests for information regarding candidates running for Town Councillor in the Municipal Election from organizations, individuals and the media. By completing the Authorization for Release of Personal Information form and submitting along with the Nomination Papers, the Returning Officer will be able to release, upon request, the following information:
Candidate's name
Contact Phone Number(s)
Contact Address
Election Advertising and Signs

Be sure to ask permission before putting signs on private land and contact Alberta One Call before you dig. Election advertising and campaigning can occur at any time, however election signs can not be displayed on any public property until nomination day, September 20, 2021. No campaign signs are allowed on the properties where the voting stations are located. For placement of election signs within Provincial Highway rights-of-ways review Alberta Transportation's guidelines. All election signage must be removed within 48 hours of the closing of the voting stations. 


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