Edmonton municipal election, 1944

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The 1944 municipal election was held November 1, 1944 to elect a mayor and five aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and three trustees to sit on the public school board (Adrian Crowe, Francis Killeen, and James O'Hara were acclaimed to two-year terms on the separate school board). This was the first election to be held on the first Wednesday of November rather than the second Wednesday, as had previously been the rule.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but five of the positions were already filled: James McCrie Douglas, Harry Ainlay, Winslow Hamilton, Charles Gariepy, and Melvin Downey were all elected to two-year terms in 1943 and were still in office.

There were seven trustees on the public school board, but four of the positions were already filled: Albert Ottewell, Bertram Robertson, Frank Newson, and Roy Sutherland had been elected to two-year terms in 1943 and were still in office. The same was true of the separate board, where William Wilde, Joseph Gallant, Thomas Malone, and J O Pilon were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 9948 ballots cast out of 661033 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 16.4%.

Results[edit]

(bold indicates elected, italics indicate incumbent)

Mayor[edit]

Party Candidate Votes  %
Independent John Wesley Fry 7,017 71.12%
Independent Rice Sheppard 2,850 28.88%

Aldermen[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
     Citizens' Committee Sidney Bowcott 6,597
     Citizens' Committee Athelstan Bissett 6,317
     Citizens' Committee Sidney Parsons 6,094
     Citizens' Committee James Ogilvie 5,916
     Citizens' Committee Frederick John Mitchell 5,532
Independent Gwendolen Clarke 3,420
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Margaret Thompson 2,311
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Edith Rogers 2,298
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Alfred Gregory 2,273
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Howard Smith 2,015
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Robert Haskins 1,944
Independent Jan Lakeman 1,585

Public school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
     Citizens' Committee Izena Ross 5,593
     Citizens' Committee George Cormie 5,255
     Citizens' Committee Alex Gemeroy 5,143
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Mary Butterworth 3,371
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation William Thornton 2,994
     Co-operative Commonwealth Federation Archibald Richardson 2,888

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Adrian Crowe, Francis Killeen, and James O'Hara were acclaimed.

References[edit]

City of Edmonton: Edmonton Elections