Sit­ting down with the vot­ers Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arms hosted a ‘Kitchen Ta­ble Con­ver­sa­tion’ be­tween vot­ers, mu­nic­i­pal can­di­dates

Northern Pen - - EDITORIAL - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS ROD­DICK­TON-BIDE ARM, NL

Prior to the mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion on Sept. 26, vot­ers in Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm were pre­sented a unique op­por­tu­nity to dis­cuss is­sues with lo­cal can­di­dates.

On Sept. 25, a “Kitchen Ta­ble Con­ver­sa­tion” was held at the Gerry Byrne Room.

Rod­dick­ton res­i­dent Moira Magee or­ga­nized the event.

She felt the fo­rum was nec­es­sary to give res­i­dents a chance to speak with the can­di­dates on a per­sonal level, help­ing them de­ter­mine how to vote the fol­low­ing night.

For the meet­ing be­tween vot­ers and can­di­dates, five ta­bles were laid out. Vot­ers were seated at the ta­bles, while the can­di­dates moved to each ta­ble to con­duct a con­ver­sa­tion.

When the con­ver­sa­tion started to wane, the can­di­dates ro­tated, pro­vid­ing them the op­por­tu­nity to speak with every­one in at­ten­dance.

May­oral can­di­date Sheila Fitzger­ald and coun­cil­lor can­di­dates Della De­moss, Robin Gosse, and Wade Nor­man at­tended the event, sit­ting with 20 Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm vot­ers to dis­cuss the mat­ters pre­dom­i­nant on their minds.

The can­di­dates also in­tro­duced them­selves with speeches ex­plain­ing their plat­forms and their drive to run for elec­tion or re-elec­tion.

The event wrapped up with an ad­di­tional ex­tra minute of speeches.

Ac­cord­ing to Magee, the main is­sues dis­cussed that night were in­fras­truc­ture, forestry man­age­ment, wa­ter sewer man­age­ment, and tourism.

Magee, who is new to the town, felt an event like this was nec­es­sary for lo­cals.

She says every­one agreed they would like to have an event like this on a quar­terly ba­sis. How­ever, Magee be­lieves twice a year would work.

“I think twice a year there would be a pub­lic meet­ing like that,” she said.

Of the four can­di­dates at­tend­ing, Fitzger­ald and De­moss were elected on Sept. 26.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The ta­bles laid out be­fore the con­ver­sa­tion started.

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