The candidates who will participate in next week’s debates have been announced. The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and the Our Nanaimo voter engagement group revealed that 25 candidates have been accepted to be part of the event Oct. 15.
The candidates who made the cut include:
Sheryl Armstrong, Guy Beaulieu, Don Bonner, Tyler Brown, Ben Geselbracht, Pelé Gouda, Erin Hemmens, Peter Kent, Rae Kornberger, Gary Korpan, Brian Loos, Zeni Maartman, Lloyd MacIlquham, Bill Manners, Jeet Manhas, Darcy Olsen, Alexis Petersen, Wendy Pratt, Michael Ribicic, Noah Routley, Kevin Storrie, Ian Thorpe, Jim Turley, Peter Urquhart and Trent Whaley.
Nanaimo city council candidates wishing to participate needed to apply and a grading system was used.
“However, due to the low number of councillor candidates who reached that threshold, it was decided that councillor candidates whose responses were in the top 25 would be invited to participate in the debates,” noted a press release from Our Nanaimo.
The debates will take place Oct. 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.
Candidate responses to the application questions are now posted to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and Our Nanaimo websites.
Previous voter information events:
Upcoming voter information events:
Hospital-area town hall with four Nanaimo city council candidates planned for Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. at Windward Pub. With Sheryl Armstrong, Guy Beaulieu, Tyler Brown, Erin Hemmens.
District of Lantzville all-candidates’ meeting, Thursday, Oct. 11, 6-9 p.m., Costin Hall.
Nanaimo council candidates’ meet and greet with eight candidates Thursday, Oct. 11, 7-9 p.m. at Departure Bay Kin Hut. With Tyler Brown, Zeni Maartman, Don Bonner, Erin Hemmens, Wendy Pratt, Ben Geselbracht, Jim Turley, Alexis Petersen.
District of Lantzville all-candidates’ meeting, Sunday, Oct. 14, 3-5 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 257.
Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce/Our Nanaimo council candidates’ forum, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m., Vancouver Island Conference Centre.