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With the provincial election looming ever closer, it is imperative voters learn what their candidates and the parties they represent stand for.
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With the provincial election looming ever closer, it is imperative voters learn what their candidates and the parties they represent stand for.

In a municipality the size of Rocky View County (RVC) with such diverse communities, each with its own issues, it can be challenging for voters to feel their concerns are being heard by provincial candidates.

That is why it is disappointing to see eight of RVC’s 29 potential representatives – nearly 28 per cent – fail to respond to our Questions to the Candidates.

We understand campaigning is an arduous, time-consuming task and candidates may have had other obligations to attend to that prevented them from submitting a 100-word answer to questions we know our readers are worried about.

But when we are the ones informing some of the candidates that, yes, the riding they are running in does include parts of RVC, it certainly doesn’t give us faith they have our readers needs in mind.

Though we genuinely appreciate the candidates who did respond, it is also infuriating – though not entirely unexpected – to receive vague responses that do not specifically address the question asked. It is great candidates want to “consult,” “develop” or “work” to improve things, but we want to know how they plan to do this?

Whatever decision is made April 16, we can only hope the voters are able to see through the rhetoric, lies and lack of engagement to chose a candidate who will truly work to represent them.