Edmonton municipal election, 1922

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The 1922 municipal election was held December 11, 1922 to elect a mayor and six aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and three trustees to sit on the public school board. R Crossland, P M Dunne, Joseph Gariépy, and J J Murray were acclaimed to two-year terms on the separate school board.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but four of the positions were already filled: Ambrose Bury, James East, Thomas Malone, and Charles Weaver were all elected to two-year terms in 1921 and were still in office. Bickerton Pratt had also been elected to a two-year term in 1921, but had resigned in order to run for mayor. Accordingly, Valentine Richards was elected to a one-year term.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but four of the positions were already filled: Samuel Barnes, Ralph Bellamy, Frank Scott, and Frank Crang had all been elected to two-year terms in 1921 and were still in office, the same was true on the separate board, where F A French, Paul Jenvrin, Thomas Magee, and Joseph Henri Picard were continuing.

The six candidates for mayor were a record high to date.

The 1922 election saw the defeat of the first woman ever elected to city council. Izena Ross had been elected to a one-year term the previous year, but finished eighth in her re-election bid, it would be 1933 before voters would elect another woman.

This would be the last election for a while conducted under the at-large block voting first-past-the-post system. Voters in this election voted to replace the system with a Single Transferable Voting/Proportional Representation (STV/PR) system already being used in Calgary.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 10923 ballots cast out of 20403 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 53.5%.

Results[edit]

Mayor[edit]

Party Candidate Votes %
     Citizens' League David Duggan 4,937 45.49%
     Independent Joseph Clarke 3,583 33.02%
     Independent Alexander Livingstone 1,482 13.66%
     Independent Bickerton Pratt 498 4.59%
     Independent Samuel McCoppen 330 3.04%
     Independent Albert Stimmel 22 0.20%

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
     Citizens' League Joseph Adair 5,347
     Labour Rice Sheppard
(South Side)
5,172
     Citizens' League Kenneth Alexander Blatchford 5,147
     Citizens' League Valentine Richards
(South Side)
4,882
     Citizens' League James Collisson 4,801
     Labour Daniel Knott 4,170
     Labour James Findlay 3,881
     Citizens' League Izena Ross 3,845
     Labour E. E. Hyde 3,529
     Independent Archie Randall 3,525
     Labour H. Pallot 2,406
     Citizens' League S. W. Walker 1,735
     Independent L. T. Murray 1,419
     Independent E. G. Sutherland 1,198
     Independent Mrs. D. Lockman 1,077
     Independent M. F. Groat 915

Public school trustees[edit]

  • W H Alexander - 6146
  • E T Bishop - 5350
  • L T Barclay - 4794
  • C W Leonard - 3955

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

R Crossland, P M Dunne, Joseph Gariépy, and J J Murray (South Side) were acclaimed.

Single Transferable Vote Plebiscite[edit]

Shall the Council pass Bylaw No. 42 (1922), being a bylaw for providing for the taking of the votes of the Electors at all future Elections of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Edmonton by the “Proportional Representation System” known as the “Single Transferable Vote”?

  • Yes - 5664
  • No - 3075

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