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Red Deer-Mountain View candidates confirmed as deadline passes

There were seven confirmed Red Deer-Mountain View candidates as of yesterday morning
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Candidates had to have their papers filed by 2 p.m. on Aug. 30. Photo courtesy of Elections Canada

MOUNTAIN VIEW COUNTY - There could be as many as nine candidates in the upcoming federal election in the Red Deer-Mountain View riding.

The close of nominations for candidates was Monday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m. local time.

As of press time on Aug. 30, there were seven declared candidates confirmed in the riding according to Elections Canada. They include:

• Olumide Adewumi – Liberal Party of Canada

• Earl Dreeshen – Conservative Party of Canada

• Marie Grabowski – New Democratic Party

• Kelly Lorencz – People’s Party of Canada

• Jared Pilon – Libertarian Party of Canada

• Mark Wilcox - Maverick Party

• Clayten Willington – Independent

Others may have declared prior to the deadline.

A Veterans Party of Canada potential candidate from Okotoks was in the area over the weekend.

“I need signatures ASAP to run as MP Misty Wind Shingoose Red Deer-Mountain View VCP,”  Shingoose posted to her Facebook page on Aug. 27.

As part of registering as a candidate, candidates must collect the name, address, and signature of at least 100 electors who are qualified to vote in the electoral district where they intend to run and who consent to their candidacy. The signatures must be witnessed, although the witness is not required to be a qualified elector. All signatures on any one page must be witnessed by the same person.

There was also reports over the weekend that the Green Party would be fielding a candidate in the riding – Connie Larochelle.

The complete list of confirmed candidates will be available on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Elections Canada announced yesterday that it has started mailing a personalized information card to each registered elector. The card tells electors when and where to vote and has information about the accessibility of the polling station.

All registered electors should receive their card by Sept. 10.

Advance voting takes place on Sept. 10, 11, 12 and 13 with election day being Sept. 20.

To vote, electors must show proof of identity and address. The voter information card may be used as proof of address at the polls. Electors must use it with another piece of accepted ID to prove their identity.

Electors do not need to bring their voter information card to the polls in order to vote.