Village voters in Anmore and Belcarra will go to the polls on Oct. 15 to elect new city councils in the 2022 municipal election.
Voters who turn out to cast a ballot will be electing a new mayor and four councillors in each respective community.
There are nine people looking to fill six total positions, including both mayoral seats.
Last week, Anmore's four council seats were acclaimed after several candidates withdrew from the race.
And in Belcarra, five people are now running for the village's four council chairs instead of six.
On Sept. 9, Kerri Palmer Isaak was acclaimed at the nomination deadline and will serve another four years as the villages' trustee on School District 43's (SD43) board of education.
For many, civic politics doesn't have the excitement and the drama of provincial and federal elections, but municipal politicians shape the way the community looks and feels.
From the type of housing, to recreation facilities, policing, traffic, garbage pick up — even dog parks — and more, elected officials hold a lot of sway.
The last four years also haven't been easy for village residents, which included a global pandemic that temporarily shut down most facilities and events.
More recent issues have included:
- High housing and food costs
- Ongoing traffic concerns
- Wildlife accessing garbage for unnatural food attractants
While we don't know what this year's civic election will bring, we know there are likely many issues on voters' minds.
The following is a poll that will assist us in our coverage in the coming weeks: