2020-10-14

Civic government candidates turn to online forums for voter messaging

by Keith Corcoran

Candidates seeking civic government seats in Bridgewater and the mayor's chair in the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg (MODL) participated in question-and-answer and introductory forums online, in-lieu of in-person sessions due to public health advice amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

An hour-long video forum inside Bridgewater Town Council chambers featured the 10 candidates seeking the town's six available spots in local government.

Erin Carr, Stacey Colwell, Mike Conklin, Chad Frittenburg, Sandra Mader, and Eric Wade are new to the ballot. Meanwhile, incumbents Cheryl Fougere, Jennifer McDonald, Andrew Tanner, and Wayne Thorburne re-introduced themselves to voters in the recent forum hosted by South Shore Public Libraries.

The candidates had one minute to give introductory remarks; then they took turns answering random questions before offering closing thoughts. Inquiries touched on public engagement in council decision-making, ideas concerning zoning amendments, housing, what best could be done with a hypothetical $1 million grant, and what single issue needs immediate attention.

Over in MODL, a local group of business leaders and Stone Court Studios led an audio forum for Caleb Wheeldon of East LaHave and incumbent Carolyn Bolivar-Getson, who are seeking to be the chief magistrate in that municipality.

Bolivar-Getson and Wheeldon also had to adhere to time limits attached to opening and closing remarks, and to respond to a handful of questions of which some touched on broader topics such as climate change preparation, rural internet challenges, and tackling racism and discrimination. The session lasted about 50 minutes.

Municipal elections in Nova Scotia take place October 17.

To tune into the MODL forum, check out https://vimeo.com/465971875 online.

To view the Bridgewater candidate event, go to: https://vimeo.com/466177162 on the internet

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