Have your say

The candidates for Fort Frances mayor and council have made the choice to seek election, and have been pleading their case for office through lawn signs, advertising, pamphlets, submitting profiles, and speaking at last night’s forum sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce.
Now it’s the voters’ turn to decide who they’d like to see lead our town for the next four years.
There isn’t much time to do so. Election day officially is Oct. 27 but with Fort Frances once again utilizing a mail-in ballot system, residents really only have until next Saturday (Oct. 18) to cast their ballot given that’s the deadline for Canada Post to guarantee delivery in time to be tallied.
True, residents can drop off their ballot in person at the Civic Centre right up until 8 p.m. on Oct. 27 but, for all intents and purposes, the campaign will be long over by then.
The extraordinary number of candidates in town, particularly the 16 vying for the six seats on council, is a clear indication of the interest this municipal election has generated among those willing to shoulder the responsibility of making decisions for the betterment of Fort Frances.
Hopefully that same interest is being felt among voters, which, in turn, translates into a large turnout in the form of returned ballots.
There are positive signs. A near-capacity crowd was on hand for last night’s forum while a Times’ web poll last month found 69 percent of the 318 respondents felt this election was “very important” to the future of Fort Frances.
The stage has been set. Make sure you have your say.