Individuals and organizations who are setting up a series of all-candidates meeting in Langley are to be commended. They are trying their best to boost interest in the lacklustre municipal election campaign, and let people find out more about the candidates and the issues.
Still, most people will not attend these meetings. The meetings take two to three hours, time they feel they can’t spare.
The Times is working hard to provide additional information to those who can’t find the time to attend such meetings. On our website, there is a video of last Tuesday’s all-candidates meeting available to be viewed. This was for Langley Township candidates.
The Times also plans to post video from a Board of Education candidates’ meeting on Thursday and is looking into how to get some video footage of Langley City candidates.
On our website, www.langleytimes.com, there is a municipal election category on the home page. In that area, there is extensive candidate information and, as this week progresses, there will also be answers from candidates to four questions posed by The Times. Some answers have not yet been received, and the answers are loaded there as staff time is available. They will all be in place on the website by Friday, which is just over a week from election day.
The videos, candidate announcements and questions and answers will give potential voters plenty of information.
One factor that often keeps people from voting is the sheer number of candidates on the ballots for councillor and board of education trustee. One way to deal with this challenge is to select one or two candidates that you feel really represent your perspective, and simply vote for them. There is no need to vote for eight for Township council, six for City council or five for the Township seats on the Board of Education.
It’s much easier to select a few candidates than a large number.