Wood Buffalo residents are heading to the polls today to elect their new civic leaders.
2120 people took advantage of the three days of advance polls, which wrapped up on Saturday.
That’s down from 2,819 people who voted through advanced polls in the 2013 municipal election – although the RMWB notes there were more voting opportunities back then.
Bill 21 and Bill 8, fly-in-fly-out, and downtown revitalization have been some of the biggest issues dominating the campaign period.
To guide our region for the next four years residents have a choice between Allan Grandison, Anthony Needham, Don Scott and Allan Vinni. This will be the first time since 2004 Wood Buffalo will have a new mayor, after Melissa Blake announced she wouldn’t be seeking re-election in 2016.
There will also be at least three new faces around the horseshoe, as councillors Tyran Ault, Colleen Tatum, and Sheldon Germain announced they won’t be seeking re-election.
Current councillors returning to the ballot are Phil Meagher, who’s seeking his 8th term, Keith McGrath, and Lance Bussieres.
Ward 3 will also have a new representative since Vinni, who currently holds the seat, is running for mayor. Saprae Creek Estates and Draper residents will have to choose between Shelia Lalonde or Brad Lucier.
13 candidates will try to win one of six Ward 1 (Fort McMurray) seats, six people are battling for two Ward 2 ( Fort Chipewyan, Fort Fitzgerald, Fort MacKay) seats, and two people are running for one Ward 4 (Anzac, Conklin, Gregoire Lake Estates, Janvier) seat.
Those who haven’t already marked an X will have to do so at their assigned voting station between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Eligible voters will need one piece of government issued ID – with a photo, as well as your name and current address.
You can also use two pieces of ID containing just your name and address – such as a bank statement or utility bill.
Once the polls have closed we will bring you live coverage throughout the evening on-air and online.
Mix 103.7 news director Elizabeth Priest will be joined in-studio by Tyran Ault and Sheldon Germain, who will provide insight, debrief the campaign, and discuss next council’s challenges. While Mix reporters will be out in the field bringing you the latest updates and reactions as results come in.
A full list of voting locations on Election Day can be found on the RMWB’s website.