Sunday, September 25, 2011

Should the City of WL/CRD/SD 27 hold a candidate information meeting before October 14th

On Wednesday, September 21st - Kelowna's City Clerk/Chief Election Officer held a "candidate information meeting" for those interesting running for Kelowna City Council in November.  See the story from the Kelowna Capital News here

But it does raise the point - Should the City of Williams Lake, Cariboo Regional District (for Areas D, E,F) and SD #27 (for Zones 4, 5,6) hold a candidate information meeting "before" October 14th?

Benefits would include:

* more public promotion of the upcoming local elections and allow those who were thinking about running for office to get their questions answered before committing to run in the election

As of today - 8 people have picked up nomination papers at Williams Lake City Hall.  

No numbers though for SD #27 or the Cariboo Regional District.  We do know one person is challenging for a seat (Sheila Boehm) on the School District #27 Board and one person for the Cariboo Regional District Board (Heloise Dixon-Warren for Area 'B') and rumoured candidate for Area 'H' - Ron Lister

There would be efficiencies by hold a joint candidate information meeting of City of Williams Lake, School District #27 (Zones 4, 5,6) and Cariboo Regional District (EA Areas D, E, F) to review how local governments work and the overall requirements for candidates - given most of the local election rules are virtually the same as far as campaign finances, etc go for City of WL, CRD and School District #27

Also - I'd like to see the same type of meeting happen in the North Cariboo (City of Quesnel, SD#28 and CRD - Areas A, B,C and I) and the South Cariboo (District of 100 Mile, SD #27 - Zones 1, 2, 3 and CRD  - Areas , G, H and L)


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