Sitting down with the voters Roddickton-Bide Arms hosted a ‘Kitchen Table Conversation’ between voters, municipal candidates
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.
The tables laid out before the conversation started.