In the last municipal election, Morinville’s mayor and six councillors were acclaimed. Acclaimed is a nice way of succinctly saying there were not enough civically-minded people in this community willing to commit to the time needed to force an election.
At the time, Morinville’s mayor said that perhaps people were just too busy, what with the economic boom Morinville and the rest of Alberta was then experiencing.
There is certainly some truth to that, but why there were just enough names on nomination day 2007 to fill the cushions behind council’s oaken table is unimportant three years later. What is important is that this time, this election, democracy is alive and well in Morinville, and there is a buzz about this election that you can feel in the streets.
With two candidates for mayor, 10 for council and another three for school trustee, it is certain that come Oct. 18 there will be some broken hearts among the six people who have stepped up to the plate to seek our votes but whom did not get the numbers needed to achieve their goal.
As such, it is incumbent on all Morinville voters to not only vote, but to educate themselves so that they vote for the right people for each of the three public offices being sought by the 15 candidates.
Over the past few days, MorinvilleNews.com has been dominated with election coverage as we’ve tried to give you the opportunity to know who is running. Over the remainder of this week we will introduce you to those who we have yet to bring to your attention. I’m certain many of the candidates running in Morinville will take advantage of our open invitation to submit a guest editorial during the campaign, giving them an opportunity to tell their story and make their pitch in greater detail than a news story can do.
However, it is not enough, and because it is not enough, MorinvilleNews.com is partnering with Smith Music and the Morinville Fire Department to organize and host an All-Candidates Forum to be held at Smith Music (9917 100 Street) on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m.
This will be your opportunity, five days before the election, to make yourself fully conversant with the views and positions of those vying for your vote on Oct. 18.
Morinville is fortunate to have 15 civically-minded people who are willing to make the personal sacrifices in time and energy to serve public office, but Morinville is also fortunate to have community-minded people like Paul Smith and Chief Ron Cust, who when asked, without a moment’s hesitation, made the commitment to add to their already busy agendas and play a role in bringing the residents of this community a forum that should be common place in every community in Alberta, large or small.