Special to the Westerly
As Tofino prepares to vote for the mayor and council that will represent our town for the next four years in the October 20 municipal election, the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting an All Candidates Meeting to bring candidates and voters together.
The All Candidates Meeting is happening Tuesday, Oct. 2 at the Tofino Community Hall from 7-9 p.m. This is a more traditional election event where candidates will present timed opening and closing comments and will answer questions from both the Chamber and the audience. Due to the number of candidates that are in the running this year – three for mayor and 12 for council – we won’t be able to have each candidate answer each question. Instead, three candidates will be chosen randomly to answer each question in sequence (unless the asker directs it to specific candidates).
The Chamber will be asking questions related to taxes and infrastructure costs, housing and parking. Please come prepared to ask the questions that are most important to you. We will be taking questions both from the floor and from written submissions. We will be saving some time at the end of the meeting for the public to interact with the candidates in a roundtable format. We’re also working on broadcasting the forum on Facebook live, so please check our social media for updates on this—@TofinoChamber.
A Meet the Candidates Brunch, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 29 has been cancelled.
Information for voters: if you have lived in BC for at least six months (and Tofino for at least 30 days) before the election, you are eligible to vote. If you have not already registered, you can do so on voting day (Oct. 20) or advance voting day (Oct. 10) by bringing two pieces of government issued ID to the polls (one with your address and one with your signature). For more information visit www.tofino.ca/elections.
Jen Dart is the executive director of the Tofino-Long Beach Chamber of Commerce.