Nelson’s municipal campaign calendar now includes an unconventional approach to engaging citizens and candidates alike, a Speed Candi-dating event where residents can meet and chat with those hoping to earn their vote.
On Thursday, October 30, the Nelson Public Library, West Kootenay Ecosociety and NelsonVotes.ca will offer citizens an opportunity to spend three minutes one-on-one with candidates asking questions, raising issues, and connecting personally.
A spin-off of speed dating, Speed Candi-dating has proven to be a successful format for connecting citizens and candidates running for political office.
All candidates for mayor and council and for school board trustee have been invited to participate.
“This is a fun, fast and effective way for Nelson’s citizens to engage with the candidates who aspire to represent them on municipal council,” said the library’s June Stockdale, one of the event organizers.
“The format was a real success in 2011, and we expect we’ll have a strong turnout of people who want to get to know the candidates better on a whole range of topics, from affordable housing to taxes to climate change,” said Dan Woynillowicz of NelsonVotes.ca, who also coordinated the 2011 event.
“This is an exciting election with a competitive field of candidates” said noted David Reid of the West Kootenay Ecosociety.
“We’re confident there will be a strong showing from both candidates and citizens alike.
For further details and ongoing updates please see the Facebook event page.