Edmonton's municipal election is on Oct. 18, and residents of the surrounding municipalities will also vote in their respective local elections that day.
Mayors of the 13 largest municipalities in the region make up the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board. Of the mayors currently on the board, seven are seeking re-election, three have said they aren't (including Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson), and two have yet to announce whether they plan to run. Councillors in Leduc County appoint a mayor from amongst themselves after the election.
Here's a look at who's running for mayor in the 12 largest municipalities around Edmonton:
Fort Saskatchewan: Gale Katchur, who has been mayor since 2010, is running for her fourth term. The other candidate for mayor is Deanna Lennox, a Fort Saskatchewan city councillor and former RCMP member.
The makeup of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board will change following elections on Sept. 18, 2021. (Twitter/Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board)
Parkland County: Current Mayor Rod Shaigec has said he won't be seeking re-election. There are currently three candidates for the position: resident Allan Gamble, financial planner Donald J. Heron, and entrepreneur Jerry Molnar.
Spruce Grove: There are currently three candidates vying for the mayor's chair: Jeff Acker and Chantal McKenzie, both Spruce Grove councillors, and Len Gierach. After serving four terms, incumbent Stuart Houston is not running for re-election.
Stony Plain: Currently no candidates are listed in the mayoral race. An information session for candidates will be held on Sept. 9.
Sturgeon County: No candidates are listed in the mayoral race, and it is unknown if current Mayor Alanna Hnatiw is running for re-election.
Nominations close on Sept. 20.