Rocky View County (RVC) council candidates will be presenting their platforms during the weeks leading up to the Oct. 16 municipal election, thanks to organized candidate forums and meet-and-greet events scheduled throughout RVC.
“It’s a chance for the community to come out, listen, ask questions and get their concerns known,” said Chrissy Craig with the Langdon Community Association (LCA), which has teamed up with Synergy to offer a forum for council hopefuls running in Divisions 4 and 5. “You’ll be able to see, on an equal playing field, how candidates respond to any concerns that you might have.”
Synergy and LCA’s event is scheduled for Oct. 12 at the Indus Recreation Centre, starting at 7 p.m. Residents in Bragg Creek can attend a forum for Division 1 candidates Oct. 10 at the Bragg Creek Community Centre, and individual councillors will be hosting meet-and-greet events at various locations over the next few weeks.
All candidates will be represented at Action for Agriculture’s forum on Oct. 11, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Goldenrod Hall. According to Alan Breakey with the organization, this is the group’s fifth organized All Candidates Forum – going back at least 17 years.
“On behalf of Action for Agriculture, our main focus is giving candidates the opportunity to share their ideas on the various ways they think RVC can remain rural,” Breakey said. “However, for a lot of the candidates, this will be their first opportunity to look at broader issues that will impact the entire county.”
Breakey said many candidates will be exclusively focused on their respective divisions during a campaign period, but ultimately, it will be the group of councillors as a whole who are making decisions that will impact the entire county.
“Whoever is successful in each division can use this opportunity to connect with or at least be introduced to the people they will be working with over the next few years,” Breakey said. “Each division is very different in terms of their demographic and their objectives, but I think it’s important – especially before an election – to see how the county as a whole could approach some of these issues.”
Craig noted voters are showing an interest in becoming educated about the names that will appear on their ballots in a couple weeks’ time. By teaming up with Synergy, she said, it’s also an opportunity to educate youth and engage them in local politics.
“It’s just so important that both candidates and voters are going into the election knowing what some of the main issues are in each division,” she said. “These are probably the same issues that are going to come up while they are in office, so it’s important for us to know how they might respond.”