Prior to the deadline at noon on Monday, December 9th a total of seven candidates entered the race to fill the vacant seat on council. The town of Olds will hold a municipal by-election on Monday, January 20th of 2020 from 8am until 8pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #105, Olds Branch. Those seven candidates are now officially in the race as the deadline for withdrawls passed at noon on Tuesday, December 10th.
The nomination day results are in and there are more than a handful of candidates interested in joining Olds council.
According to the town of Olds the candidates are (in alphabetical order) Keith Bishop, Sundai Cody, Darcy Dobush, Rudy Durieux, Mitch Thomson, Jan Thompson and Darren Wilson.
Chief Administrative Officer Michael Merritt says it is very important to hold a by-election because there are still more than two years left in the term and town council currently has an even number of councillors.
CAO Merritt was impressed to see seven candidates throw their hats in the ring for the by-election.
The by-election became necessary when councillor Wade Bearchell resigned effective Tuesday, October 22nd. Bearchell cited personal reasons for his decision.
According to the town of Olds, there will be two advanced voting sessions for those who are unable to attend on the by-election date of January 20th, 2020 from 8am - 8pm at the Royal Canadian Legion #105, Olds Branch. Advanced voting dates have been set for Friday, January 3rd from 4pm until 8pm and on Saturday, January 4th from 9am until noon in the council chambers at the Town Office (4512 46th Street).
Identification is required before a person is allowed to vote.