Trent Hills, Ontario – Municipal voters in Trent Hills will have a chance to learn more about the candidates at a series of meetings hosted by the Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce. “There will be a meeting in each ward to hear from the candidates running for ward councillor, followed by a meeting at a later date with the mayoral candidates,” said Lori Schuett, Chair of the Chamber. “This format change will increase the interaction between the public and the candidates that will be elected to represent each ward.”
Each of the meetings will feature a Candidate Meet and Greet followed by a moderated Q & A forum. The forum will begin with written questions submitted in advance to the Chamber or at the meeting, followed by an opportunity for the audience to ask questions from the floor. Mayoral candidates have been invited to speak at the beginning of the Ward Candidate Meetings, but will not be participating on the panel during the Q & A forum. Instead, there will be a single Mayoral Candidate Meeting taking place. The Candidate Meet and Greet begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the Q & A Forum at 7:00 p.m. Meeting dates are:
Ward 1 (Campbellford/Seymour), Tuesday, September 11, at Campbellford District High School;
Ward 2 (Percy), Thursday, September 13, at Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 380;
Ward 3 (Hastings), Tuesday, September 18, Hastings Civic Centre;
Mayoral Candidate Meeting, Wednesday, October 3, at Campbellford District High School.
“As a Trent Hills organization we recognize the need to preserve and value the individual identity of each ward while thriving within the greater community of Trent Hills,” added Ms. Schuett. “Our purpose in bringing everyone together for one Mayoral Candidate Meeting is for each ward to learn what is happening in the other wards and to provide a look at the broader picture from a Trent Hills community perspective.” All of the candidates have been invited to participate in the Meet and Greet at the Mayoral Candidate Meeting. Each of the mayoral candidates will also be given a chance to change any question into a true debate format.
“The Chamber’s Government Relations and Advocacy committee organize these meetings and they are surveying the business community to determine what the hot topics are for business at the Municipal level of government,” shared Ms. Schuett. “Their work is not done when the candidate meetings are finished and council has been elected. Over the next four years, they will be seeking opportunities for input on municipal matters related to the business community, as well as organizing activities and events to connect the membership with municipal operations and government.”
Municipal Election Voting Period is Monday, October 15 to Monday, October 22, 2018. For voting information go to www.trenthills.ca/en/elections/elections-2018.aspx or contact the Municipal Elections HelpLine at 705-653-1900, ext. 300. For Candidate Meeting information or to learn more about the Chamber go to www.trenthillschamber.ca, or call 705-653-1551.
Nancy Allanson, Executive Director, Trent Hills Chamber of Commerce