We unofficially know two people who will be on the next County of Grande Prairie council. Division 1’s Harold Bulford and Division 8’s Karen Rosvold have both been acclaimed to their positions. Both are incumbents, and were elected in byelections in 2012 and 2016 respectively.
Residents in the rest of the County will need to head to the polls on October 16th to decide who will lead their region. One will be elected from each of the seven electoral divisions, and then they will vote for Reeve and Deputy Reeve.
In Division 2, incumbent Daryl Beeston will be challenged by Don Streeper and Thomas Walter Tharp. In Division 3, incumbent Leanne Beaupre is up against Barry Yaehne. Incumbent Ross Sutherland will be racing against Maurissa Hietland and Bernie Smashnuk in Division 4.
Division 5’s candidates include incumbent Bob Marshall, Robert Hill, and Kevin Gingles. In Division 6, it’s incumbent Peter Harris, Ashley Heggelund and Kathleen Jean Longson. Division 9 will be see incumbent Corey Beck and Dwayne A. Badry face off.
There’s guaranteed to be at least one new councillor in October. Incumbent Division 7 councillor Brock Smith isn’t in the running. Instead, Arthur Amendt and Linda Dianne Waddy are looking to fill his spot.