There was an exceptional crowd on hand for the All Candidates Forum. The 150 people who showed up Thursday night at the high school made an impressive showing in comparison to the number of voters who cast ballots in the two previous by-elections, held in May and June 2001.*
All six by-election candidates were on hand to present their platforms and answer the public?s questions. The crowd asked very relevant, though provoking questions including: ?What is your initiative on forming a viable Chamber of Commerce??, ?What will you do to ensure that palliative care issues are taken care of??, ?What is your stand on the proposed Skate park and why do you have this stand??, ?What would you do to address the lack of accountability in municipal government??, ?How many Council meetings have you attended this term??, and ?What would you do to attract business to town??. Candidates were given one minute to respond to each question.
There was a four-minute time limit on introductory speeches; one candidate was given the opportunity to present his speech twice as the microphone was not turned on. Four minutes appeared to be ample time for candidates to hit on the main points of their campaign and gave the crowd a chance to hear from each potential Councillor. George Hartford made sure that candidates didn?t go over the four-minute time limit and took some playful ribbing about his timekeeping. Great job George!
Moderator Michael Hunter did a great job of making sure the evening ran. Thanks to the each of the candidates for their commitment to this community, to Michael and George for keeping things running smoothly, to Lorraine Funk for organizing this event, and to every body who came out to hear the candidates and can now make an informed choice in the by-election. Don?t forget to vote on February 28th. You can cast your ballet at the Community Centre in Rooms 4 and 5.
The District of Tumbler Ridge held two by-elections in 2001, on May 12 and again on June 23rd. On May 12th, Don McPherson Glenn Steele, Pete Wilson, Dave Renton, Terry Bradford, and Rolf Raque ran for the position on Council. Don McPherson was elected with 100 votes or 34% of the 294 votes cast. Estimated eligible voters were 1796, so 16% of eligible voters cast their ballets.
On June 23 Rose Colledge, Rolf Raque, George Rowe, John Prevost and Glenn Steele let their names stand for Council. Steele won the election with 83 (31%) of the votes counted.