More than a hundred people lined up at Edmonton city hall Monday to submit their municipal election nomination papers before the noon deadline.
The city says 119 candidates are running for mayor, council and school board positions in the October 21 election – the highest number on a ballot in Edmonton since the 1970s.
“In 1975 there were 135 candidates which is the largest number [to date],” said returning officer Alayne Sinclair.
“Last year, we had 112 so we had seven more this year than we had last election. There's a lot of vacancies and … people understand they have an opportunity to participate.”
Of the 119 candidate, six are running for mayor, 73 for city council, 22 for the Edmonton Public School Board and 18 for the Catholic School District.
A list of all candidates that submitted their documents today is available here.
Candidates have 24 hours to drop out out of the race after submitting their official paperwork.