Women still underrepresented on municipal ballots: Lisa Holmes


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By Jennifer Henderson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

St. Albert -
In the mid-sized cities across Alberta there were 16 women running for mayoral seats out of a total of 53 candidates, representing 30 per cent of all candidates, said one municipal expert.
St. Albert had gender parity when it came to women running for mayor, with two candidates — Cathy Heron and Angela Wood — out of the four total candidates, said Lisa Holmes, who is the former mayor of Morinville and founding partner and chief operating officer of Diplomat Consulting.
As for council candidates, women in St. Albert made up 35 per cent of the candidates this time around, while in the 2017 election they made up 32 per cent of the candidates.
Holmes, who is also a former president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, said in the 2017 election women only made up 16 per cent of mayoral candidates across the province, marking a 14-per-cent increase in the past four years.
When it comes to council candidates in Alberta, there are 88 women running out of a total of 285 seats in the province’s mid-sized cities, which is up from 85 last election. That means women make up 31 per cent of candidates for council positions, up from 30 per cent last time.
Holmes, who compiled the data looking at how many women are running this time, said the United Nations has a standard — they expect a minimum representation of...continued.

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