A municipal byelection to fill two vacant seats on Crossfield Town council has been called for Oct. 19, following an approved motion at the July 7 regular council meeting.
“I and council look forward to working with two more citizens who are committed and passionate about Crossfield – its growth and development – and look forward to who the community chooses,” Mayor Jo Tennant said in a statement.
The byelection was triggered by the resignations of two councillors June 22. Former Couns. Liz Grace and Beth Gabriel both tendered their resignations at a special council meeting, citing a “dysfunctional and toxic” relationship between council and administration.
According to a press release from the Town, nomination day is Sept. 8. Candidates are required to file their nomination papers between 10 a.m. and noon at the municipality's office at 1005 Ross Street. Crossfield residents interested in running in the byelection may pick up a candidate nomination package from the Town office during business hours. Digital copies of the required forms are also available at crossfieldalberta.com
According to the release, a person may be nominated as a candidate if they are eligible to vote and have been a resident of Crossfield for the last six months.
Following the byelection, the new councillors will be sworn in at an organizational meeting Oct. 26. Whoever is elected will serve on council for the final year of the current term, until municipal elections are held province-wide October 2021.
Any questions about the byelection can be directed to Returning Officer Lindsey Nash or substitute returning officer Merel Jarvis at 403-946-5565.