On October 10 the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce held their All-Candidates meeting using their “Speed Campaigning” format which had proved successful in 2014. The idea was that citizens would be seated at 16 tables and one at a time the Candidates would join them for 6 minutes to answer questions. Nine candidates for Council, the two candidates for Deputy Mayor and three of the Candidates for English Public School trustee participated. There were 16 tables and each table could accommodate 8 so capacity was 128. All participants had to pre-register but in the end, there were 12 no-shows so many tables had only 7 voters. Room rental at the Best Western was donated by the Cobourg Taxpayers Association when their planned event was cancelled (see link below) but the Chamber organized it.
This meeting was the only one generally available that does not focus on a specific issue. An earlier one on 27 September was about affordable housing and one tomorrow (Friday Oct 12) will be about sustainability. As well as campaigning door-to-door, many Candidates are holding smaller meetings in homes or restaurants but only three meetings have been advertised as available to everyone.
All candidates for Council and English Public School trustee were invited – all attended except for candidate for School Trustee Gord Gilchrist who couldn’t make it.
The meeting started with each Candidate, in random sequence, speaking for 2 minutes. Although this report does not attempt to summarize each Candidate’s campaign, below is a short overview of their 2 minute presentations.
|What they said
|What needs to be done
|About his talents and experience
|About policies, experience and need for gender balance
|About her business and political knowledge and policies
|About his personal history
|About his personal history, council achievements and his policies generally
|He loves Cobourg and has leadership skills
|Has a vision
|About her personal history and her policies
|About his personal background, education is important & about his policies
|Wants to improve our quality of life, council process and interaction with council
|Jaine Klassen Jeninga
|Her achievements on the School board and her priorities
|Karl vom Dorff
|About his personal history and unique perspective
You can find out more about them personally and about what they are saying in their campaign from the links below.
Note: I will not be reporting on the Friday meeting since I will be at the Vintage Film Festival all weekend.
- All Candidates Event Cancelled – 12 August 2018
- First Public All-Candidates Meeting – 27 September 2018
Online Sources of Information on Candidates
- More about Candidates, their bios and campaigns at Cobourg Internet’s Municipal Election page here. Also lists information on how to Vote and All-Candidates’ Meetings.
- Cobourg Taxpayers questions to Candidates
- Northumberland 89.7FM Election Page
- Interviews on Cogeco-TV – available on You-Tube here