Voters pack the Vancouver Island Conference Centre for last night’s mayoral debate. Participating candidates have been announced for the Oct. 15 debates. NEWS BULLETIN photo

25 council candidates to participate in Nanaimo’s main-event debates

Chamber of Commerce and Our Nanaimo reveal participants for Oct. 15 event

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.

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Candidate responses to the application questions are now posted to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and Our Nanaimo websites.

Previous voter information events:

Mayoral candidates debate their visions for leadership in Nanaimo

School budget debated at all-candidates’ meeting for Nanaimo trustee hopefuls

Candidates ponder affordable housing and homelessness

Candidates talk waterfront planning, supportive housing at south-end debate

Five-candidates’ meeting held in north Nanaimo

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.

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