Election 2014: Four candidates’ appearances this week

Two meetings planned for Township candidates. one each for City and Board of Education.

The Unelection Campaign is sponsoring an all-candidates meeting for Langley Township mayor and council candidates on Friday, Nov. 7.

This will be an evening of questions and answers for all mayor and councillor candidates running in the 2014 Township of Langley municipal election. Peter Holt will serve as the moderator.

He is an experienced Metro Vancouver moderator with extensive experience in organizing and managing the format of meetings such as this. In recent years, in addition to operating his own business, he completed a three-year contract as CEO of the Surrey Board of Trade and has been closely involved with Metro Vancouver’s public outreach programs. Since 2007, he has moderated over 60 of Metro Vancouver’s sustainability dialogues, while continuing to provide management consulting services in his areas of expertise.

Questions will focus on issues concerning residents of the Township, including the future development of the Brookswood and Fernridge communities. Questions from the audience will be taken.

The event takes place at George Preston Recreation Centre, 20699 42 Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m.

Former school trustee Sonya Paterson has organized an all-candidates meeting for the candidates for mayor in Langley Township.

It will take place on Sunday, Nov. 9 at Murrayville Hall, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Municipal election voter turnout rates are often approximately 20 per cent, so Paterson says she felt the need to do something to get more Township residents engaged in the process.

“This debate is the result,” Paterson said.

Paterson said she has received calls in recent weeks to host a mayoral debate, similar to the one she hosted in 2011.

“Many citizens feel they have not had enough opportunity to meet and personally question the Township mayoral candidates and so this is an effort to fill that need,” said Paterson.

She emphasizes that this is a non-partisan effort and this event is not associated with any group or campaign.

Candidates Rick Green and Serena Oh have said they will attend. Incumbent Jack Froese has another commitment, but Paterson sais she “hopes that Froese will find the time to attend this critical event”. She is encouraging the public to express that they want him to participate.

Langley City candidates will take part in a meeting at the Langley Seniors Centre on Wednesday, beginning at 1 p.m. They will give one-minute statements and then circulate to various tables, meeting those in attendance. The meeting is sponsored by Triple A Senior Housing.

An all-candidates meeting for school trustee candidates is planned for Thursday.

The Langley DPAC has a forum scheduled for the trustee candidates on Thursday, Nov. 6 from 7 to 9 p.m., at the Christian Life Assembly gymnasium, located at 21277 56 Avenue near the Langley Airport.  The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

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