Kevin Pearson at the candidate meet-and-greet faced questioning from a series of community residents. (Tim Collins/Sooke News Mirror)

Speed-dating format spotlights Sooke candidates

Meet-and-greet with a time limit held at Sooke Community Hall

A meet-and-greet event fashioned on a speed-dating format attracted several dozen Sooke residents to the Sooke Community Hall last night to meet candidates for mayor, council and Sooke school district.

RELATED: Meet the School District candidates

Candidates were each seated at a table and with a set of chairs in the hopes of attracting and speaking directly to voters to answer some of the tough questions about their reasons for running for public office.

The unique feature of the event was that a gong was rung every seven minutes, signalling “times-up” and compelling those in attendance to leave their chairs and move on to another candidate.

Bernie Klassen, the co-chair of Transition Sooke, said that the unique format was designed to best allow candidates the opportunity to meet the electorate.

“In a general meet and greet there’s always the chance that a candidate will be harangued or lectured at. This format made people approach the candidates in a focused manner with prepared questions,” he said.

Even with the limited time allotment, some of the people in attendance, like Ellen Lewers, found that seven minutes was more than enough time to gauge whether a candidate deserved their vote.

“I didn’t change my mind about who I shouldn’t vote for, but I found a few who I should vote for, and that was a pleasant surprise,” Lewers said.

For Deb Johnston, the process was a heartening experience.

“It was great. Every candidate I spoke to was knowledgeable and passionate, and I might vote for some of them based on what I heard here today,” Johnston said.

It was a sentiment echoed by Tom Myrick who said that he came to the meet-and-greet not knowing much about most of the candidates. He added that the brief encounters were enough to give him an idea of who deserved his vote.

Pam Day came to the event sporting a Maja Tait campaign button but was disappointed with the format, saying that the time with each candidate was just too short to make an informed decision.

RELATED: Mayor Tait announces Mayoral bid

And although she had obviously thrown her support to Tait for mayor, she expressed her regret that supporting Tait meant the district would lose Kevin Pearson from local politics.

An all-candidates meeting hosted by the Otter Point, Shirley and Jordan River Resident And Ratepayers Association will be held Sunday (Sept. 30) at the Juan de Fuca Local Area Services building (3-7450 Butler Rd.) between 2 and 4 p.m. for all candidates for School Trustee (Milnes Landing Zone) and for regional director.

Two more events are also upcoming with a Mayor’s Candidate Forum scheduled for the Edward Milne Community Theatre on Oct. 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. Each of the three mayoral candidates will be charged with answering a set of questions prepared by Transition Sooke. Following the presentation by each candidate, the audience will be invited to the microphone to pose their own questions.

On Oct. 11, the Sooke Region Chamber of Commerce will host an all-candidates debate at the Prestige Hotel.

The election will be held on Oct. 20.



editor@sookenewsmirror.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Saanich seeks contractors for Shelbourne Street upgrade project

The three-phase project is expected to begin in 2020

Saanich allows retail sale of recreational cannabis for specific zones

Amendments to the 2003 bylaw allows retail sale of recreational cannabis in Saanich

Brotherston sentenced to three years in prison for Sooke home invasion

Home invasion took place on Feb. 9 and left one man with face and head injuries

Police impound 19 vehicles for excessive speed on Malahat

Excessive speed is classified as going more than 40 km/h over the limit in that stretch

VIDEO: Octopus, bald eagle battle after bird ‘bites off more than it can chew’ in B.C. waters

B.C. crew films fight between the two feisty animals in Quatsino off north Vancouver Island

Raptors fans show Kawhi the love in his return to Toronto

Leonard receives championship ring, leads new club to win

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of Dec. 10

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you have a real or artificial Christmas tree?

The lights are up, holiday shoppers are bustling through the streets and… Continue reading

Process to identify those killed in Gabriola plane crash could take days

Canadian flight museum suggests Alex Bahlsen of Mill Bay died in Tuesday’s crash

One man dead after car crash in Nanaimo

One person died, another was injured in the accident which happened Wednesday on Nanaimo Lakes Road

‘Honest mistake:’ RCMP says B.C. cannabis shop can keep image of infamous Mountie

Sam Steele wearing military, not RCMP uniform in image depicted in Jimmy’s Cannabis window

B.C. conservation officers put down fawn blinded by pellet gun on Vancouver Island

Young deer found near construction site in Hammond Bay area in Nanaimo, B.C.

Laid-off forest workers converge on B.C. legislature

Loggers call for action on strike, provincial stumpage

Most Read