1916 Calgary municipal election

The 1916 Calgary municipal election took place on December 11, 1916 to elect a Mayor to a one-year term and six Aldermen on a two-year term, and two Aldermen for a one-year term, to sit on the thirty-second Calgary City Council.[1] In addition, a Commissioner, four members for the Public School Board, three members for the Separate School Board, two plebiscites on single transferable vote and Daylight Savings were both on the ballot.[2]

1916 Calgary municipal election
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Candidate Michael Copps Costello James Abel Hornby William Thomas Daniel Lathwell
Popular vote 2,159 1,299 1,088
Percentage 47.49% 28.57% 23.93%

Mayor before election

Michael Copps Costello

Elected Mayor

Michael Copps Costello

The seven elected Aldermen joined Aldermen Samuel Hunter Adams, Robert Colin Marshall, John McNeill, Thomas John Searle Skinner, and George Frederick Tull who were previously elected for two-year terms in 1915 to Calgary City Council.[3]

Background edit

The election was held under multiple non-transferable vote where each elector was able to cast a ballot for the mayor, commissioner and six ballots for Aldermen who were elected at-large with the city as one large district.

Extension of voting franchise to all residents male or female who are British subjects 21 years of age who have been residents of the city for six months prior to June 1 of the year of a municipal election. This was the first election in Calgary under full franchise.

A one-year Alderman position was opened on Council following Adoniram Judson Samis' resignation to run for Commissioner. The six candidates with the most votes were elected to two year terms, while the next two highest candidates were elected to a single year term.

Mayor Costello and Commissioner Graves were acclaimed upon the close of nominations on December 7, 1915.[4]

Results edit

Mayor edit

Candidate Votes Percent
Michael Copps Costello 2,159
James Abel Hornby 1,299
William Thomas Daniel Lathwell 1,088

Commissioner edit

Candidate Votes Percent
Adoniram Judson Samis 2,266
James Hay Garden 1,358
Arthur Walter Ellson Fawkes 902

Councillors edit

Candidate Votes Percent
Herbert Bealey Adshead 4,021
Robert John Tallon 3,895
Isaac Gideon Ruttle 3,753
Alexander McTaggart 3,739
John Sidney Arnold 3,693
Allan Poyntz Patrick 3,677
Andrew Graham Broatch (One Year) 3,389
Manarey 3,038

School board trustee edit

Public school board edit

Candidate Votes Percent
Alex Ross 3,187
William McCartney Davidson 3,319
Herbert Arthur Sinnott 2,958
George William Kerby 2,240
A. Scott Dawson 2,149
J. Barnecut 1,974

Separate school board edit

  • James Sullivan - Acclaimed
  • Peter Collins - Acclaimed
  • Francis Joseph Conroy - Acclaimed

Plebiscite edit

Proportional representation edit

Future municipal elections conducted with single transferable vote.

  • For - 3,223
  • Against - 1,383

Daylight savings edit

Daylight savings time.

  • For - 1,207
  • Against - 3,141

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Mayor Costello is Re-Elected---Samis Back on his Old Job". Calgary Herald. December 12, 1916. p. 6. Retrieved March 2, 2021.
  2. ^ City of Calgary (1954). Calgary Municipal Manual. City of Calgary. p. 69. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "City Government for the Coming Year". Calgary Herald. December 12, 1916. p. 9. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  4. ^ "Mayor Costello and Commissioner Graves in by Acclamation". Calgary Herald. December 6, 1915. p. 1. Retrieved March 2, 2021.