Elections will be held in five of six Red Deer County divisions after more than one person filed nominations papers in those divisions. The only acclamations are that of Mayor Jim Wood (who’s elected by the entire county) and Division 1 councillor Philip Massier.
Joe-Anne Matejka and Christine Moore are seeking the seat for Division 6 which spans an area east of Sylvan Lake to Red Deer after George Gehrke chose not to run for another term.
Division 5 will be a hotly contested race with the same three candidates as in 2010. Incumbent Richard Lorenz is facing competition from Rod English and Jim Lougheed.
In the last election, a recount was needed to determine the winner with a mere seven votes separating first from third. Lorenz was elected with 342 votes, English finished with 340 votes and then incumbent Lougheed finished with 336 votes.
The division spans an area that includes Benalto, Spruce View and Markerville.
Division 4 incumbent David Hoar is running against Connie Huelsman for that seat.
Long time incumbent Penny Archibald is running in Division 3 against Don Church and Darlene Schmidt.
The largest field is in Division 2 where the seat has been vacant. Jean Marie Bota, Edward Collins, Gary Langevin and Robert Schwartz are running for the position.
The election will take place Oct. 21 at voting stations throughout the county. A full list is available on the county’s website at www.rdcounty.ca.
An advance vote will take place at Red Deer County Centre from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 12.
Red Deer Catholic Regional School trustee Liam McNiff was acclaimed for that division’s Highway 11 Ward, which includes Sylvan Lake, Eckville, Caroline and Rocky Mountain House.
By Steve Dills and Stuart Fullarton