There will be ample opportunity for the public to question Coldstream candidates prior to the Nov. 19 election.
Four all-candidate forums are planned for mayoralty candidates Jim Garlick and Dave Hrabchuck, as well as the nine council candidates: Maria Besso, Pat Cochrane, Doug Dirk, Richard Enns, Bill Firman, John Hegler, Gyula Kiss, Peter McClean and Glen Taylor.
The Coldstream Ratepayers Association presents three all-candidate meetings.
- Thursday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Lavington Elementary.
- Tuesday, Nov. 1, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Coldstream Elementary.
- Monday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 9:45 p.m. at Okanagan College in the lecture theatre (room D310).
The meetings will be non-partisan and will be moderated to ensure all candidates have a chance to present their views to the public. Questions for the candidates will be encouraged but will be in a written form (on three by five cards) in order to prevent speech-making from the audience and give order to the proceedings.
The public is also encouraged to come early to “meet and greet” the candidates at 6:30 p.m.
A final opportunity to question candidates takes place Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre.
The forum will provide an opportunity for candidates to state their platforms, and for the public to ask questions both in written form and open mic.
Betty Selin, from 105.7 SUN FM, will be the moderator for the forum.
There will be no cost for forum participants or audience members, although the centre will be requesting donations from audience attendees for the Society’s Children’s Theatre Fund. Any donations made will be matched by the Performing Arts Centre Society and used to purchase Children’s Theatre tickets. The Family Resource Centre distributes these tickets to families that would otherwise be unable to attend performances.