December 14th, 2017

Municipal Election

Candidates

  • Green energy, city spending priorities for council candidate Woss

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge City Council candidate Rena Woss says Lethbridge has an untapped opportunity for being a leader in the green energy sector. The retired tradesperson and contractor also wants to talk about the level of spending and the rate of taxation experienced in Lethbridge. She wants to talk about gender balance [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Strong economic base is key, says council candidate MacLeod

    Nick Kuhl Lethbridge Herald nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com Building an economic base to create tax revenue for sustainable spending is key, says a candidate for Lethbridge City Council, as is fiscal efficiency and collaboration. “I can’t say that enough times,” said Shelby MacLeod, one of 29 council candidates for the Oct. 16 municipal election. “What that means is [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Layton wants to be a voice for those who aren’t heard

    Nick Kuhl Lethbridge Herald nkuhl@lethbridgeherald.com The City of Lethbridge needs a full-time commitment to council, says Kevin Layton. So, for the fourth consecutive time, he will be seeking a seat on city council come Oct. 16. Layton said he wants to devote his full time and energy to being a city councillor, as it is [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Opioid crisis a concern to council candidate Wiggers

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Local businessman Davey Wiggers is running for city council as a way to get involved and help the community at large – especially when it comes to dealing with the opioid crisis. For Wiggers, soft issues take a back seat to more serious issues faced by the city. “This opioid [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Candidates running for area school boards

    Lethbridge Herald Following is a list of candidates for school board trusteess across southern Alberta: -(I) refers to incumbent Lethbridge School District No. 51: Public School Trustee (Seven Positions): Clark Bosch, Travis Burndred, Brooke Culley, Tyler Demers (I), Janice (Jan) Foster (I), Keith Fowler (I), D.J. Gellatly, Donna Hunt (I), Doug James, Don Lacey (I), [...] Read More »

    2 months ago

Election Issues

  • Council approves curbside recycling

    Originally published Tuesday, November 29, 2016 Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com Taking out the trash will have a new meaning for Lethbridge residents, beginning in 2018. City council voted 8-1 in favour of ramping up community waste diversion by introducing residential curbside recycling. The decision was an about face from the one made in January [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • City council trashes curbside recycling plan

    Originally published Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com “The status quo continues.” Anyone with dreams of a citywide curbside recycling program in Lethbridge got those dreams squashed when council members defeated the resolution put forward by Councillor Bridget Mearns on Monday. After more than two hours of debate, council voted 5-4 against [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • No referendum for ward system

    Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge City Council has voted against a referendum on whether councillors should be elected by a ward system. Mayor Chris Spearman made the motion at Monday’s meeting to include the question on the ballot in October’s Municipal Election. By a vote of 6-1 the motion was defeated. Spearman said it [...] Read More »

    6 months ago

Forums

  • Last mayoral candidates’ forum Sat.

    Lethbridge Herald There will be one last chance to hear from the mayoral candidates before Monday’s election. On Saturday, beginning at 2 p.m. at the Multicultural Centre, the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association is hosting a town hall forum. The three candidates for the Office of Mayor – Martin Heavy Head, Robert Janzen and incumbent Chris [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Mayoralty candidates weigh in on local issues at first forum

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Local residents had an opportunity to learn more about their mayoral candidates Wednesday night as the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs hosted a forum at the Lethbridge Public Library. Martin Heavy Head spoke on what he called an “open secret” in the city, involving issues of homelessness and drug [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Council candidates list priorities at first forum

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com Lethbridge needs a performing arts centre, new convention space at Exhibition Park and a more effective transit system. Those were among the top priorities raised by candidates and citizens at the year’s first all-candidates forum for city council seats. The three mayoralty candidates will present their stands tonight, 7 p.m. [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Upcoming forums and meet and greet events in Lethbridge

    Get to know the city council or public school trustee candidates in any of these upcoming Lethbridge Municipal Election Forums and Meet and Greet sessions: Tuesday, Sept. 26 (6:30 – 9:30 p.m.) Councillor Candidates Forum at Fritz Sick Senior Centre (420 – 11 Street South), organized by Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs and Lethbridge [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Candidates meet-and-greet today

    Lethbridge Herald Today will mark the first occasion to meet all of the new candidates for Lethbridge City Council. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Theatre Gallery at the Lethbridge Public Library downtown, there will be a meet-and-greet for all city council candidates[...] Read More »

    3 months ago

General News

  • Heavy Head clears air about calling city racist

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Mayoral candidate Martin Heavy Head has clarified statements made to a national media organization where he suggested Lethbridge could be the most racist city in Canada, stating he was using humour to highlight a serious issue. Heavy Head has been highlighting the need for discussion on racism in Lethbridge. On [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Students get involved in election process

    Tijana Martin Lethbridge Herald tmartin@lethbridgeherald.com Only 30 per cent of the eligible voters in Lethbridge cast their ballot during the 2013 municipal election. CIVIX, a non -partisan, national registered charity, is attempting to change that by engaging young citizens while they’re still under the voting age. Around 20 schools throughout Lethbridge are involved in the [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Several options for advance voting

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Ballots have begun to flow as advance voting kicked off in Lethbridge ahead of the Oct. 16 municipal election. A total of 543 ballots have been cast as of Wednesday afternoon. Advance voting stations are arranged leading up to election day Oct. 16 in an effort to ensure all eligible [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Website gives voters insight into local candidates

    Melissa Villeneuve Lethbridge Herald mvilleneuve@lethbridgeherald.com In a bid to help voters make an informed decision in the upcoming Lethbridge Municipal election, a local web developer has compiled an online survey of council candidates. AvO WebWorks has published the results of the Lethbridge Accountability survey. After Nomination Day, each candidate was sent the online survey to [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • First advance poll set for Saturday

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Local residents will have their first opportunity to vote in this year’s municipal election on Saturday. There are five advanced voting days scheduled in the lead-up to Election Day on Oct. 16, including: Saturday, Sept. 30, city hall; Tuesday, Oct. 3, Lethbridge College, Richardson Oilseed Room; Saturday, Oct. 7, city [...] Read More »

    3 months ago

Regional News

  • Smear campaign targets candidate

    J.W. Schnarr Lethbridge Herald -COALDALE jwschnarr@lethbridgeherald.com Coaldale mayoral candidate Jack Van Rijn addressed what appears to be a co-ordinated social media attempt to derail his campaign, saying he has “no time” for smear campaigns. On Thursday, Van Rijn spoke about a series of posts made to his public Facebook page, including one which accused him [...] Read More »

    2 months ago
  • Nominations being accepted for Vauxhall, Vulcan

    LETHBRIDGE HERALD Nominations for the Oct. 16 municipal elections remain open in several southern Alberta communities. As of press time, there were fewer candidates than available elected positions in Vulcan as well as Vauxhall. There were errors in a printed listing of candidates running in Pincher Creek, meanwhile. Here is a corrected list, from the [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Craig seeking fourth term as mayor of Coaldale

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald -coaldale dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com There’s been plenty of growth in Coaldale over the last 10 years. New restaurants and stores have opened on the town’s west side, families have moved into new homes in several parts of town, and new businesses and operators have been attracted to the northside industrial park. And the [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Southern Alberta candidates’ list

    Following is the candidates list for civic office across southern Alberta: BARNWELL Council (5 seats): Del Bodnarek, Kent Bulloch, Debra Hansen, Robin Hansen, Ian Matheson (all acclaimed). The new village council will elect a mayor. BARONS Council (3): Ron Gorzitza, Martin Matheson, Michelle Lynn Tarditi, Ed Weistra. Council will elect a mayor. CARDSTON Mayor: Maggie [...] Read More »

    3 months ago
  • Election races anticipated across region

    Dave Mabell Lethbridge Herald dmabell@lethbridgeherald.com Who wants to be mayor?Quite a few southern Albertans, apparently. Nominations filed Monday have triggered two-way or three-way races in a number of communities across the south. In Coaldale, incumbent Kim Craig is in a two-man race with longtime firefighter Jack Van Rijn. In Fort Macleod, controversial mayor Rene Gendre [...] Read More »

    3 months ago

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