Dozens lined up inside Lethbridge City Hall on Monday, filing paperwork to run in next month’s municipal election.
Three people have registered to run for mayor, while 29 filled out nomination forms to run for council.
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Incumbent Mayor Chris Spearman put his name forward to run for a second term.
Robert Janzen, a retiree from Ukraine with a background in security, is also running for mayor.
“I lived in different countries… and in different governments… and different cities… I know what people want,” Janzen said.
Martin Heavy Head, who ran for council four years ago, planned to do the same this year, but made a last-minute decision to go for the top job.
“I’m tired of there being street people who are addicted, I’m tired of there being no infrastructure to help these people, and I’m tired of the racism,” Heavy Head said.
“That’s pretty well my platform right there.”
Mayor Spearman said he’s proud of what he and council have accomplished over the last four years and is hoping for another term.
“I think it’s important that the city continue to progress, I think we’ve done well in terms of economic development and job creation,” he said. “I think we made progress on social issues, decades-old social issues.”
As for council, 29 applications were filed for the eight spots, with seven of the current councilors putting their names forward.
Bridget Mearns announced last week that she will not seek another term.
The lists of nominees are unofficial because candidates have 24 hours to withdraw their names.
Unofficial nominees for mayor (one position)
Martin Heavy Head
Robert (Bob) Janzen
Unofficial nominees for councillor (eight positions)
Blaine E. Hyggen
Kevin Mark Layton
Shelby J. MacLeod
Joseph (Joe) Mauro
Louise Marie Saloff
Unofficial nominees for public school trustee (seven positions)
Janice (Jan) Foster
Unofficial nominees for Holy Spirit Roman Catholic Separate Regional Division No. 4
Ward 1, Ward 4 and Ward 5 are elected by acclamation. Ward 3 has no candidate, so the nomination period for this job will be open for another five business days.
Ward 1 (One Position)
Ward 2 (Five Positions)
Joseph Petter Comeau
Ward 3 (One Position)
Ward 4 (One Position)
Ward 5 (One Position)
Patricia J. Bremner