The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce has picked up the ball and will be holding an all-candidate meeting at the Best Western on October 10. The format will be similar to the one used in 2014 and once again will be called Speed Campaigning (see photo below of Larry Sherwin’s table in 2014). The idea is that all candidates (including for English Public School Board Trustee) will sit at tables and citizens will have five minutes to ask them direct questions before the candidate rotates to another table. With 9 candidates for Council, 2 for deputy Mayor and 4 for English Public School Board Trustee, that means at least 15 tables. Attendance is limited to 125 people and they want people planning to attend to register in advance.
Event Description by Chamber of Commerce
As pre-registered guests arrive at the event, they will individually be assigned to different tables, where they will be joined by other random participants for Opening Remarks from the Chamber and brief platform statements from each of the participating candidates. Following that overview, the candidates will each take a seat at different tables and a bell will ring, signaling the beginning of five uninterrupted minutes of discussion, debate, questions and answers in a free-form, round-table conversation. After five minutes, the bell rings again, and all candidates get up and move to the next table, repeating the process until every candidate has met with every table…..
“This new format provides an opportunity for our members and the general public to ask direct questions and get answers in a more personal and intimate setting than a traditional staged format allows” observed NCCofC Government Relations Committee Chair Scott McCracken. “The format allows exponentially more questions to be posed from more people in the same amount of time, and there will be a networking opportunity after the round table sessions for follow-up or extended discussion with the individual candidates.”
The chamber extended sincere thanks to the Cobourg Taxpayers Association for generously providing the venue.
In 2014, all but two candidates participated so hopefully there will be a good attendance this year. One notable difference from the 2014 event is that it will also include the candidates for the English Public School Board Trustee (see list of these here).
More campaign questions
To assist candidates in getting the word out, in a couple of weeks I will be asking all Municipal Candidates seven leading campaign questions. Their answers, short or long but with a limit on the total, will be published on this site before October 10.
- Chamber of Commerce web site with announcement and link to registration form open August 27 to October 8
- All Candidates Debate Cancelled 12 August 2018
- Round Table Speed Campaigning 30 Sept 2014
- Meet the Candidates Events 22 Sept 2014
- Cobourg Internet’s Municipal Election Page – list of Candidates and something about them.