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Two candidate events scheduled for Morinville

Morinville candidates will face the scrutiny of the voting public twice this election season. Two forums are being held for prospective candidates to present their positions and answer questions.

Morinville candidates will face the scrutiny of the voting public twice this election season.

Two forums are being held for prospective candidates to present their positions and answer questions.

The Morinville & District Chamber of Commerce is hosting a forum on Oct. 6 during its monthly chamber lunch. The lunch is primarily for chamber members, but in this case is also open to the public.

Anyone wanting to attend should contact the chamber office at 780-939-9462 to reserve a place.

The luncheon will be held at the Morinville Seniors’ Rendez-Vous Centre.

Chamber president Sheldon Fingler, said he is polling his members about the kinds of questions they want to have asked at the event, adding they want to cover a lot of ground.

“We are going to be going through as many questions as fast as we can.”

Fingler said the chamber would have loved to hold a broader community-wide forum, but he said with a staff of one that wasn’t in the cards.

“We just don’t have the resources.”

He said while some chambers across the province do host election forums, they are usually larger communities with larger chambers that have a larger staff.

He said local newspapers and service groups often host election events in other communities.

Fingler said he intends to be in attendance at the second forum to ask any questions his members might want answers to.

The second all-candidates forum is slotted for Oct. 13, just a few days before the Oct. 18 vote. It will be held at Smith Music on 100 Street.

The studio and school is hosting the event, along with the Morinville Fire Department and Morinvillenews.com.

Smith said he was approached about holding the event and agreed because he feels it is very important for the community.

“It is one of those things that has to be done.”

The forum is expected to draw all 10 council contenders, the two mayoral challengers, as well as the three candidates for school trustee.