1014 - There's a ton of activity on the campaign trail as the munipal election nears voting day on Saturday.
This campaign has been different than any other in the past three decades – possibly due to the large number of candidates. Various
camps have set up smaller meet and greet event. The encouraging thing is the attendance at virtually all of them has been excellent, bringing out anywhere from 100-300 and more voters.
It will be interesting to note whether this type of campaigning
boosts voter turnout. In 2014 it was 34 per cent. That enthusiasm doesn't guarantee a better turnout because they represent only a very miniscule portion of the 60,000-plus eligible voters.
On Monday Oct 15, a large group of candidates will participate
in the Chamber of Commerce and OurNanaimo event at the Conference Centre.
Wednesday is a big day – both council and school trustee groups are having public events. 14 candidates for city council are having a joint meet and greet at the Port Theatre,
starting at 5:30 p.m. It is being hosted by Jim Turley, Rae Kornberger, Peter Ken, Sheryl Armstrong, Don Bonner, Jeet Manhas, Ben Geselbracht, Peter Urquhart, Norm Smith, Alexis Petersen, Wendy Pratt, Fred Statham, Gary Korpan, Ian Thorpe, a really good
The school board candidates meeting is at Cedar Community Hall, 2388 Cedar Road. This is your chance to meet the candidates, ask them questions and share your thoughts on SD 68's future.
The arts get into the spotlight
on Thursday at 7 p.m. Harbour City Theatre. The format includes introductions by the candidates, and a group discussion on the ways the city can support a thriving arts community in Nanaimo. Candidates Turley, Hemmens, Geselbrach, Brown and Bonner.
you can't go, check out the council candidate platforms HERE and the school board HERE.