1920 Edmonton municipal election

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The 1920 municipal election was held December 13, 1920, to elect a mayor and six aldermen to sit on Edmonton City Council and three trustees to sit on the public school board. J Cormack, Joseph Gariépy and J J Murray were acclaimed to two-year terms on the separate school board. In the election's only plebiscite, Edmontonians rejected a proposal to pay their aldermen for the second consecutive election.

There were ten aldermen on city council, but four of the positions were already filled: Percy Abbott, John Bowen, James East and Rice Sheppard were all elected to two-year terms in 1919 and were still in office. J. A. Kinney had also been elected to a two-year term in 1919, but had resigned. Accordingly, Samuel McCoppen 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, J. W. H. Williams, J A McPherson, and Frank Scott had all been elected to two-year terms in 1919 and were still in office. The same was true on the separate board, where Joseph Henri Picard, Paul Jenvrin, Thomas Magee, and Thomas Malone were continuing.

Voter turnout[edit]

There were 14,710 ballots cast out of 26,903 eligible voters, for a voter turnout of 54.6%.



Party Candidate Votes %
  Citizens' Progressive League David Duggan 7,537 51.78%
  Labour Joseph Clarke 6,974 47.90%
  Independent Albert Stimmel 47 0.32%


Party Candidate Votes
  Citizens' Progressive League Joseph Adair 7,023
  Citizens' Progressive League Andrew McLennan 6,996
  Citizens' Progressive League Valentine Richards
(South Side)
  Citizens' Progressive League James Collisson 6,280
  Citizens' Progressive League William Campbell McArthur 5,679
  Labour Samuel McCoppen 5,478
  Labour A. Boileau 5,133
  Citizens' Progressive League W. H. Speer 5,111
  Labour Alfred Farmilo 4,638
  Labour Daniel Kennedy Knott 4,625
  Labour J. J. Murray 4,574
  Labour G. Latham 4,312
  Independent John McKenzie 3,040
  Independent Labour George L. Ritchie 1,610
  Independent Labour Joseph White 957
  Independent Hyman King 760

Public school trustees[edit]

Multiple non-transferable voting was used - each voter cast up to three votes.

Party Candidate Votes
  Citizens' Progressive League Mrs. E. T. (Thryza) Bishop 6,988
  Citizens' Progressive League William Hardy Alexander 6,711
  Citizens' Progressive League William Rea 6,667
  Labour J. W. B. Williams 5,599
  Labour Frank Crang 5,444
  Labour J. Heron 4,137

Separate (Catholic) school trustees[edit]

Party Candidate Votes
  Independent J. Cormack acclaimed
  Independent Joseph Gariépy acclaimed
  Independent J. J. Murray
(South Side)


Should Aldermen be paid?
Votes %
Yes 4,234 32.46%
No 8,811 67.54%