AMHERST – With just over two weeks to go before voters head to the polls, they will have an opportunity Tuesday to hear all the candidates talk about their vision of Amherst.
The Amherst and Area Chamber of Commerce is joining forces with the Cumberland African Nova Scotian Association and the Amherst Lions Club to host the all candidate forum at the Amherst Lions Community Centre.
“This will be a great event for the candidates to get their message out to the voters and for the voters to hear what each of the candidates has to offer,” chamber president David Mosley said. “There are less than three weeks to go in the campaign and we’re hoping we’ll have a good turnout. Hopefully the forum will help the people of Amherst decide who they want to represent them for the next four years on town council, in the mayor’s office and on the school board.”
The event begins at 7 p.m. with each of the two candidates for mayor, the nine town council candidates and two school board candidates giving opening statements.
The public and members of a media panel, including representatives from the Amherst Daily News, CKDH and Tantramar Community Radio, will ask questions of each of the candidates.
The evening will close with final statements from each of the candidates. While the candidates will have prepared statements, Mosley said, the questions from the public and media panel will test how they perform thinking on their feet.
Wayne Bishop and Robert Small are the two candidates for mayor. Frank Balcom, George Baker, Robert Bird, Ed Childs, Lisa Emery, Dale Fawthrop, Dave March, Art Marks and Terry Rhindress are offering for town council.
Richard Allen and David Myles are the candidates for the town’s seat on the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
Mosley said the forum is a service the chamber of commerce provides during elections at the municipal, provincial and federal levels. He welcomes the partnership with CANSA and the Lions club.
“We used to offer the candidates’ forums as a service to our membership. This time we were approached about doing it as a partnership and we were happy to join forces with CANSA and the Lions to hold it,” he said.