Multitude of candidates on St. Albert ballot

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The largest race in city history kicked off Monday as 28 candidates filed into St. Albert Place to hand in their nomination papers.

Three mayoral candidates will vie for the top job as former councillor Malcolm Parker faces off against current councillors Cam MacKay and Cathy Heron.

Current mayor Nolan Crouse will not be running.

Twenty-five candidates will compete for six seats at the council table. An official list of candidates released by the city on Tuesday includes: Sandyne Beach-McCutcheon, Allan Bohachyk, Wes Brodhead, Jan Butler, Craig Cameron, Gilbert Cantin, Mark Cassidy, Jacy Eberlein, Jacquie Hansen, Sheena Hughes, Charlene Jelinski, Natalie Joly, Shayne Kawalilak, Mark Kay, Ken MacKay, Ufuoma Odebala-Fregene, Nestor Petriw, Hannes Rudolph, Bob Russell, Steve Stone, Tash Taylor, Jaye Walter, Ray Watkins, Leonard Wilkins and Barry Zukewich.

Brodhead, Hughes and Russell are incumbents. Tim Osborne is the only sitting councillor not running for re-election.

Most candidates had announced their intentions to run prior to nomination day, and many could be seen erecting campaign signs throughout the city after nominations closed at noon on Monday.

Historical records dating back to 1968 show this year’s election to have the most candidates since before St. Albert became a city. The Gazette could not find a record of a higher number of nominees.

Most recently, 16 candidates ran for council in 2013 as well as two for mayor. In 2010, 13 candidates ran for council and two for mayor. In 2007, 13 ran for council and three vied for mayor.

In 2004, 21 candidates put their names in for council while five faced off for mayor – the second-highest number of candidates in the available records.

The amount of candidates on the ballot sparked questions over whether the city would need to use different ballots. However, corporate communications manager Cory Sinclair said Tuesday that while it was a close call, the city would be able to use standard ballots.

The election will be held Oct. 16 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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