Candidates’ forum planned Oct. 17

FORT FRANCES—With the municipal election coming up Nov. 13, the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce once again is providing a chance for council and mayoral candidates to speak their minds in a forum on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
“At this stage in the game, we’re asking Chamber members for topics they may be interested in hearing the mayoral candidates debate,” Chamber manager Dawn Booth said Monday morning.
Topics in the past have included leadership and accountability, infrastructure, fiscal policy, and community services.
Chamber members are encouraged to contact Booth over the next couple of weeks with their ideas.
When the topics are determined, they will be given to the local media, which, in turn, will ask the mayoral candidates questions based on those topics during the Oct. 17 forum.
Booth noted the format will run the same as in previous years. Council candidates will not participate in a debate, but be given four minutes to discuss themselves, their priorities, and their action plans.
The mayoral candidates also will be given four minutes to do the same.
But after that, the mayoral candidates will be asked questions by the media, given two or three minutes to answer them, and then one minute for rebuttal.
Booth noted something new this year is the fact the media will be given a 30-second window for a follow-up question just in case the candidate failed to sufficiently answer their initial one.
Booth added no council or mayoral candidates have been invited to attend yet since she’s waiting for the nomination deadline to elapse at 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
“I think we’ll wait until everyone has confirmed. After that point, we’ll invite everyone who’s running to participate, and then we will be inviting the media to come and ask the questions as well,” she said.
The forum is slated for 7 p.m. at the Civic Centre. The public is welcome to attend in person or can watch the forum at home via a live broadcast on Shaw (Channel 10).
Eligible voters are expected to receive their mail-in ballot packages the week of Oct. 23, town clerk Glenn Treftlin had said last week.
After they do so, they can mail them in anytime prior to election day (Monday, Nov. 13)—although Treftlin recommended that voters don’t mail in ballots after Nov. 3 if they don’t have to.
For those who wish to vote in person, Treftlin noted staff will be on hand at the Civic Centre from Nov. 6-13 to take their ballots.
(Fort Frances Daily Bulletin)