A forum gets underway this evening, Nov. 2, in Tumbler Ridge at 7:30 p.m. in Rooms 4 and 5 at the Community Centre. Two candidates, Brenda Holmlund and Darwin Wren, are running for the mayor’s seat there, while eight candidates – Doug Beale, Robert MacKay, Crosbie Bourdeauz, Mike Caisley, Sherri-Lynn Hewitt, Tim Snyder, Aleen Torraville and Lindsey Wozniak – are running for district council.
In Chetwynd, a forum will be hosted on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Pomeroy Inn and Suites at 7 p.m. Merlin Nichols and Bob Shirley are Chetwynd’s candidates for mayor, while Bob Nicolson, Joanne Roberts, Kathy Weaver, Alec Brownlee, Rochelle Galbraith, Don Harris, Elmer Kabush, Julia Nelson, Ernest Pfanner and Laura Weisgerber are running for district council.
On Nov. 7, the Dawson Creek Chamber of Commerce will host an all-candidates forum at the Best Western Inn at 7 p.m. There are 15 candidates running for city council – James Bridges, Terry McFadyen, Shaely Wilbur (Shaely), Cheryl Shuman, Raymond Fromme, Linda Winfield, Sue Kenny, David MacDonald, Charlie Parslow, Duncan Malkinson, Cory Longley (Grizz), Trevor Allaby, Miles Mortensen, Trina Commandeur and Doug Ragan.
Mayor Mike Bernier was not challenged in this election and will be elected by acclamation. However, he is encouraging residents to attend the forum to get a closer look at the candidates for council, many who are running for the first time and may not be as well known in the community as others.
“It’s a great opportunity to hear from them and meet with them face-to-face,” said Bernier, adding it is a great opportunity for the candidates as well to get familiar with each other and the public.
He said, based on last year’s forum, that he expects it won’t be so much a debate between the candidates as a chance for them to communicate their platform and then take questions from the audience. He said while each candidate will offer differing viewpoints and opinions, he believes it is important that they focus on how they would make positive change in the community rather than focussing on a particular issue or problem. However, he said there is always room for improvement at City Hall, and he is looking forward to working with the six individuals elected to council to make Dawson Creek the best place to live it can be.
Bernier also encouraged all members of the public to get out and vote.
“If you don’t vote, you are letting somebody else choose the people who are going to make decisions on your behalf,” he said.
The forum in Dawson Creek will also include three candidates running for the board of trustees of School District 59 – Tamara Ziemer, Richard Powell and Trina Commandeur.
The following evening on Nov. 8, a candidates forum will be held at the Pouce Coupe Community Hall at 6 p.m. Lyman Clark and Larry Fynn are running to be mayor of the village, while Colleen Evans, Gerta Kut, Gordon Merrick, Carl Sahtlin and Jonathan Simmons are running for village council.
The general election day is Nov. 19, though advanced voting will take place Nov. 9 and 16 at your community’s respective municipal office.