Fort Saskatchewan will be heading to the polls on Oct.18.
 
Six candidates have put their names forward to become a part of Fort Saskatchewan's next municipal government. With the nomination deadline quickly approaching, here is a list of candidates running so far in this year's municipal election:
 
Mayor’s race 
 
Gale Katchur 
 
Katchur is running for a fourth term as mayor of Fort Saskatchewan. Her career in municipal politics began in 2007 when she was first elected as a city councillor, being elected mayor of Fort Saskatchewan three years later.  
 
During her time as mayor, Katchur has overseen many projects and changes to the city, including the approval of the Highway 15 twinning project, the Fort Saskatchewan/Strathcona County annexation and the opening of a new gymnastics facility in town. In 2012, Katchur was one of five Alberta mayors to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 
 
If re-elected, she plans to get a handle on the 10-25 year capital plan and get the ball rolling on projects the community has been asking for some time. 
 
Katchur believes the city will need stable, experienced leadership to recover from the economic and sociological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 
As mayor for the last 11 years, Katchur has developed relationships with many leaders and officials in the province, which she sees as an asset when lobbying on behalf of Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Deanna Lennox 
 
Lennox has served as a Fort Saskatchewan city councillor since 2017. Before her time on council, she was a member of the RCMP for 16 years. 
 
She is the founder of the non-profit organization, War Horse Awareness Foundation, which supports first responders and military members struggling with PTSD, anxiety or depression. 
 
Lennox is also an active community member, having been awarded the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Award in 2015.
 
As a former mountie, Lennox believes she can bring a unique perspective to the table when it comes to recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic — viewing the process through the lens of trauma.
 
The city councillor plans to focus on what she calls the cornerstones of the municipal government — asset management and public engagement. Her approach to governance is fact and evidence-based decision making.
 
One of her first goals as mayor would be to build a mayor's advisory committee from members of the community.
 
Council 
 
Dennis Thompson
 
Thompson threw his name into the race in mid-June; the born and raised Fort Saskatchewan man is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility, communication and thinking ahead to the future by investing in green technology.
 
A heating equipment specialist by trade, Thompson is also the owner of Fort Sight and Sound, a company that provides and operates PA systems for events. The pandemic had a profound impact on his business.
 
Thompson is passionate about live music and is an active member of the community, volunteering with several groups over the years. He was a Sunday school teacher for some time with the United Church and coached T-ball when his son was growing up.
 
Lisa Makin
Lisa Makin is seeking re-election as a city councillor, having served since 2017.
 
Makin has a background in early learning and childcare, is a local business owner and avid volunteer. She was a member of the Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of commerce for around eight years and served as president of the Heartland Hospice Foundation.
 
If re-elected, some of her goals are to see the Regional Transit Services Commission through, continue working on a second waterline for the city, refine the city's capital plan and invest in emergency services and community safety.
 
She sees her involvement in the community as one of her biggest strengths; adding her experience on city council and ability to work as a team would be an asset.
 
Patrick Noyen
 
Noyen announced his candidacy in late March. He was born in Fort Saskatchewan and spent time living in Edmonton during his university years before moving back eight years ago. 
 
He has a business degree, experience in construction and project management, and operates Prairie Fire Landscaping in town.
 
After being encouraged by current council members and people in the business community, he decided to run for council. If elected, Noyen wants to focus on implementing clear post-COVID-19 strategies and working with land developers to ensure the newly annexed land from Strathcona County is properly developed and zoned. 
 
Noyen believes he can bring a fresh perspective to the table as a business owner and having a young family rooted in Fort Saskatchewan.
 
Stuart McGowan 
 
McGowan has run for city council in the past, and he's a very active member of the community with a background in safety management.
 
He's a member of the Sheeptown Player's Society, the Fort Saskatchewan Historical Society, Citizens on Patrol and the Community Advisory Committee.
 
One of his biggest concerns is that he believes the city could give more attention to local businesses and volunteer organizations. While the mayor attends many community events, he does not think councillors do enough.
 
If elected, McGowan says he would like to see more promotion for the city's arts and culture scene, give Fort Saskatchewan's theatre group a proper space and make city council more visible to the community and more approachable for small businesses and non-profit organizations.

Nominations for the municipal election are open until Sept.20, coincidentally falling on the same day as the federal election.