Calgary City teachers might do a double take when they see their ballot for the 2019 Provincial Executive Council (PEC) election. This won’t be a surprise, since they’ll be voting twice for the position of district representative: once for the 2019 PEC election and once for 2019 Calgary City byelection.
Why the byelection?
Calgary City is the largest of the ATA’s 11 geographic districts and has three elected district representatives on PEC. Kent Kinsman was one of them, and he resigned last month to pursue a position with Calgary Public Teachers Local No. 38. A byelection was called for January 30 to fill the vacancy that will exist in Calgary City and on PEC until the end of this school year.
Why will Calgary City teachers vote twice?
There are two distinct terms for the district representative position. The byelection winner will serve as district representative for the remainder of the current term, which expires June 30, 2019. The PEC election winner will serve a two-year term starting on July 1, 2019.
Will the same candidates be in both elections?
Candidates in the 2019 PEC election were confirmed when nominations closed on January 18 (check out the ATA website to learn more about them).
Nominations for the 2019 Calgary City byelection opened January 30 and close February 13, so we will know then who the candidates are.
When do we vote?
Voting opens March 14 and closes March 18.
Where can I get more information on the candidates and these elections?
The ATA website. You can also follow the ATA on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on everything #ATAElections.