Candidates must be closely scrutinized

Voters should scrutinize incumbents to see what they did over their term and if some are worthy of re-electing.

To the Editor,

Re: Interest high as 10 vie for mayor’s chair, Oct. 16.

With less than a month to go before electing a new mayor and eight councillors, voters should scrutinize incumbents to see what they did over their term and if some are worthy of re-electing.

How did each vote on contentious issues? Did they spend our money wisely?

Since the current council was elected in 2011, they raised our average residential tax bill.

Most of council was entangled in censoring the Leadercast convention, many were in favour of tearing out the Colliery dams and some even turned their backs on or verbally chastised citizens.

An easy way to help make up our minds would be to go to the City of Nanaimo website, search for a couple of meetings and watch for an hour or so to see how the elected officials performed.

The new council will be elected for four years instead of three, so our well-thought-out votes are needed to save our city from a disastrous repeat performance.

Who we vote for will dictate whether we pay higher and higher taxes and whether our money is spent on trivial or essential projects.

Our vote Nov. 15 is the only time we will be in the driver’s seat to call the shots for the four long years to come – so please get involved and make an impact.

Kevan ShawNanaimo

 

To the Editor,

If you have ever watched any politician at any of their meetings, pay attention to their body language – it tells a lot about the way they think and will give you reasons to vote for them or not.

And if they make promises to get elected and don’t keep those promises, they should resign their position. They could also sign an affidavit that they would do this, before the election, and that would make them a lot more electable and keep them honest.

Frank O’NeillNanaimo