Election day draws nearer
It’s official — all candidates in the 2011 municipal, regional, and school trustee elections have been announced.
All candidates had to have their papers in by the Friday, 4 p.m. deadline.
There are 10 people running for council — only six can be elected — and two running for mayor.
In the Thompson Nicola Regional District, there will be 10 directors elected — or acclaimed, as some are unchallenged.
In School District 58, there are 12 candidates from Merritt and Princeton vying for a spot on the school board.
The municipal election is definitely shaping up to be an interesting one, with several well-known names on the candidate list, as well as some less-knowns to shake things up a bit.
We are looking forward to all-candidates forums — which the Merritt and District Chamber of Commerce will be hosting on Sunday, Oct. 30.
The forum will take place at the NVIT Lecture Hall. The forum will include an opportunity for question and answer periods with the TNRD candidates, the school trustee candidates as well as the final slot for mayoral and city council candidates.
We believe it is important to become involved in the election process either by running as a candidate or simply by showing up at the voting stations on Election Day Saturday, Nov. 19 and making your voice count.
We encourage residents to make sure they choose their candidates wisely — by attending the all-candidate forum, speaking with the candidates directly, and getting informed so they can make the right choice.