Information for Candidates

People who are considering running for office often have many questions.  On this page, you will find answers to many of them.  If you still have questions after reading the documents attached below, you can find further information on the Province of Alberta, Municipal Affairs Election website. Questions specific to elections in the Town of Black Diamond can be discussed with the Returning Officer Verna Staples by email or by calling the Town Office at 403-933-4348.

Town of Black Diamond information:

Pre-Nomination Package (with forms)

  • This information package has been provided to help potential candidates to better understand the position of an elected official, the expected duties and time commitments, pay and benefits available, etc.  
  • This document may need to be updated from time to time, and as it is amended, the changes are noted here in the Tracker document, to help candidates to know that they have the most current information available.  Check back regularly to ensure that you have read the most recent document.  

Now That You've Been Nominated (with forms)

  • This document is intended as the "sequel" to the Pre-Nomination information package.  This is the information that will be required by those who make the final decision to run for office.  It contains more comprehensive information about time requirements, dates that successfully elected candidates will need to be prepared for in advance, required forms, as well as some information about the actual running of your campaign.  It is recommended that all potential candidates read BOTH information packages to ensure they are fully informed before making the final decision to run for office.
  • IMPORTANT CHANGES have been made to the "Now that You've Been Nominated" document, following the initial publication.  Please review the Tracker document to understand any changes that have been made since you last viewed the document, then re-visit the document using the link above to familiarize yourself with the changes.  
  • Please be sure to check this page regularly to ensure that you have the most updated information available throughout your campaign.

Code of Conduct Bylaw (PDF)

On September 6, 2017 Council passed a Code of Conduct Bylaw, in advance of the requirement of the soon to be proclaimed Modernized Municipal Government Act.  The Bylaw sets out the standard of behaviour and ethics for all members of Council, as well as those appointed to committees of Council.  It further provides for process if a breach of the Code should be reported, requiring investigation or action.

All elected officials will be expected to officially acknowledge that they have read and understand the Code of Conduct Bylaw when they take their Oath of Office at their first meeting of Council  Therefore it is vital that all candidates familiarize themselves with the bylaw, which is available using the link above, or on the Commonly Requested Bylaws page.

If there are any questions about the Code of Conduct Bylaw, please contact the Legislative Services Manager by email, or call the Town Office at 403-933-4348.

This year, the Province of Alberta has provided some information aimed at helping women to run for municipal office.  To take advantage of the experiences of successfully elected officials, visit the Government of Alberta website Ready For Her - a guide for women running for municipal office.

Other Resources:

AUMA - Election Supports Hub

Return to 2017 Municipal Election page