2017 Municipal Election

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Official High River municipal election results now available

The final official results of the 2017 High River municipal election are below.

“Unofficial results were released immediately post-election and these results become official today at 12 p.m. as candidates were given additional time to request a re-count, if required,” says Kara Rusk, returning officer with the Town.

Craig Snodgrass has been elected to serve as Mayor for the Town of High River after receiving 2,374 votes.

The following candidates have been elected to serve as Councillors for the Town of High River:

Cathy Couey (2,859 votes)

Michael Nychyk (2,381 votes)

Bruce Masterman (2,364 votes)

Don Moore (2,312 votes)

Carol MacMillan (1,694 votes)

Jamie Kinghorn (1,501 votes)

“A total of 3,396 people voted in this election,” adds Rusk. “This includes special ballots, and votes collected from incapacitated electors and mobile voting stations.”

The new council will be sworn in at the annual organizational meeting on October 23 for a four-year term ending in October 2021.

Information for Voters

More information can be found in the High River Municipal Election Bylaw

2017 Election Forums

Hosted by the High River & District Chamber of Commerce

  • Mayor’s Forum – October 2, 2017
  • Candidates Forum – October 3, 2017
  • Highwood Memorial Centre
  • Time 7 to 9 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Advance Vote

The advance vote will be held on October 8, 2017. The voting station will be located at the below location:

  • Highwood Memorial Centre (128 5 Avenue S.W., High River, AB). Voting will take place between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Physical incapacity, mobility limitations, or visual impairment

  • If an elector is unable to attend a voting station due to physical incapacity or mobility limitations, they may request that election staff visit their home to take their vote on the Advance Vote day. To arrange for this service please contact Kara Rusk, Returning Officer at 403-603-3652 or [email protected]
  • If an elector is unable to mark their ballot due to visual impairment, physical incapacity or mobility limitations, they may request the use of an Electronic Ballot Marking Device from election staff at the voting station on Election Day.

Election Day

Voting will take place on October 16, 2017 at the below locations:

  • Highwood Memorial Centre (128 5 Avenue S.W., High River, AB). Voting will take place between 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Institutional Voting Stations:

  • High River General Hospital (560 9 Avenue S.W., High River, AB). Voting will take place between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for residents, patients and eligible employees.
  • Sunrise Village (660 7 Street N.W., High River, AB). Voting will take place between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. for residents, patients and eligible employees.

Special Ballot

Voting by Special Ballot is available by request and the ballot must be received by 7 p.m. the day of the election. To request a special ballot, please contact Kara Rusk, Returning Officer at 403-603-3652 or [email protected]. More information on Special Ballots can be found in the election bylaw.

Election Timeline

  • September 18, 2017 – Nomination Day
  • October 8, 2017 – Advance Vote
  • October 16, 2017 – Election Day
  • October 23, 2017- Organizational Meeting/New Council to be sworn in

Proof of Address Form

This form may be completed by a representative of a university, college or school, public curator, public guardian public trustee, commercial property management company, and representatives of a correctional facility, First Nations band or reserve, homeless facility, supportive living facility or treatment centre in accordance with Bylaw 4514-2017.

Register of candidates

As all municipalities are required to maintain a register of candidates posted for the public. Candidates must notify the Town within 48 hours of any changes to the information provided on their application so that the registry can be adjusted accordingly:

Official candidate listing for High River Mayor: 

  • Craig Lyle Snodgrass
  • Paul Milligan

Official candidate listing for High River Councillor: 

  • Jamie Kinghorn
  • Bruce Masterman
  • Cathy Couey
  • Don Moore
  • Terry Coleman
  • Michael Nychyk
  • Justin Murphy
  • Carol MacMillan
  • Shane Tiessen

Notice of Intent Application

Due to changes to the Local Authorities Election Act, the nomination process will change for the upcoming election. Individuals interested in running for Mayor or Council must file an application with the Town before accepting or allocating any funds towards an election campaign.

In addition to the notice of intent application, candidates must also submit 15 signatures in support of their nomination.

Candidates can download the notice of intent application or pick one up from the High River Municipal Office located at 309B Macleod Trail S.W. between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Please visit this page frequently for all updates and information regarding the 2017 municipal election.