Am I Eligible to Run?
Am I eligible to run for Aspen View school board trustee?
To run for Aspen View School board trustee, there are some basic requirements you must meet. You must:
- be at least 18 years old;
- be a Canadian citizen;
- have lived in Alberta for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day, and have lived in the Aspen View ward in which you wish to run, for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding nomination day.
Electoral Wards of Aspen View Public Schools
Aspen View Public Schools is divided into six electoral wards. One trustee is elected to represent each ward, except for Ward 2 (North Central) for which two trustees are elected. Potential trustee candidates can only run in the ward in which they live, and they must have lived within that ward for at least six months preceding nomination day.
Who is not eligible to run for school board trustee?
You are not eligible to run if, on nomination day, you:
- are an employee of any school district, school division, charter school or private school as of nomination day – unless you take an unpaid leave of absence to run before the last working day prior to nomination day;
- are an auditor of the jurisdiction in which you want to be a candidate;
- do not meet the residency requirement for the jurisdiction in which you want to run;
- are otherwise ineligible or disqualified as outlined under section 22 of the Local Authorities Election Act.
See sections 22, 23 and 24 of the Local Authorities Election Act for more details.
Where there is no separate school board in a geographical area, a person of any faith may run for the school board. Where there is a separate and public board in the same geographical area, people having the same faith as the separate board are only eligible to run for the separate board. Other people are only eligible to run for the public board.
Within Aspen View Public Schools’ jurisdiction, parts of Wards 4 & 5 and all of Ward 6 also fall within Lakeland Roman Catholic Separate School Division. People of the same faith as the separate board (Roman Catholic) living within these areas are only eligible to run for the separate school board.
Conflict of interest
Trustees may not participate in making decisions in which their economic self-interest may be in conflict with their public duty. The economic or pecuniary interest of a trustee’s spouse or adult interdependent partner is deemed to be the economic interest of the trustee. See sections 80 to 91 of the School Act for more information on:
- the types of pecuniary interest;
- the steps a trustee who is in conflict must follow;
- the disqualification of a trustee;
- the consequence of refusing to resign upon being disqualified as required under the School Act.