Sooke Mayoralty Candidates Forum coming up October 3
West Shore Voice News
Friday, September 28 ~ SOOKE. A Sooke Mayoralty Candidates Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 3.
The three mayoralty candidates — Maja Tait (incumbent), Kevin Pearson, and Mick Rhodes — will participate, responding to 15 questions provided to them in advance.
The event is likely to fill the EMCS Community Theatre (in the Edward Milne Community School), 6218 Sooke Road, Sooke. Open to the public. 7 to 9 pm.
These sorts of civic events are usually hosted by a town’s chamber of commerce. This election, it seems that Transition Sooke is assuming leadership — they hosted a meet-and-greet for municipal (and school trustee) candidates on September 26, and will also host this mayoralty forum. It is their membership that has determined the format, and also the questions for the mayoralty candidates.
The organizers openly promote that the questions reflect the concerns of Transition Sooke, describing themselves as a volunteer non-profit citizens group launched in 2010 that is open to anyone who wishes to participate. They identify their key concerns as Smart Growth civic planning, the local economy, waste reduction, food security, public transit, compassionate communication and more.
Moderators on October 3 will be Transition Sooke co-chairs Bernie Klassen and Michael Tacon along with former board members Yvonne Court and Mark Ziegler. There will be time at the end of the evening for questions from the audience.
See more photos on page 1 of the September 28, 2018 print/PDF issue of West Shore Voice News. All municipal candidates and SD62 Milne’s Landing Zone trustee candidates were in attendance at the September 26 meet-and-greet at Sooke Community Hall (except Rick Armour who could not attend).