Candidates had an opportunity to get their issues out at the public forum in South Brook leading up to the municipal election on Sept. 24
Twelve candidates in South Brook who are seeking a seat on council faced off in a public forum last week, as the community got out and had a listen to what those vying for the jobs had to say.
The forum saw all twelve candidates participating, with each giving an opening and closing statement, and participating in debate throughout the evening.
Gloria Andrews, Marlene Burton, Danielle Elliott, Shirley Fowlow, Donald Higdon, Jason Kelly, Paul Knight, Wallace McKay, Paul Mills, Benadine Morey, Rocky Morey and Morris Shiner are all seeking a spot on council – some as incumbents, some for another turn at the table after a break away for a bit, and others for the first time.
Throughout the evening each candidate expressed what was important to them in the community, and explained how they felt they were the person to get the job done and see improvements.
Much talk centered on land development, the Goodyear’s Cove Park, which is owned by the town, and the Dome recreational facility which current council has proposed should be repurposed to be a multipurpose facility to house some of the municipal equipment and fire department.
Passion rose to the top in some of the answers, as issues were raised that were obviously near and dear to the candidates heart.
As for the questions, nearly all of the issues addressed through questions came from the audience of people assembled from the community who came out to hear what the candidates had to say, and to voice their concerns and be part of the process of democracy.
The event was a first of its kind for South Brook in recent memory, and was organized with the help of the town clerk and the Nor’wester.
Rudy Norman, Editor of the Nor’wester, acted as moderator for the evening.