Tonight at 7 p.m. the four by-election candidates for the vacant City of Castlegar council seat will take part in a public debate at the Sandman Hotel in Castlegar (1944 Columbia Ave).
All of the candidates have been busy with social media promotions and have been engaging the public on a number of other fronts but tonight is the night where the public will have an opportunity to see how each candidate is able to think on their feet.
After brief opening statements, each of the four election hopefuls (Kirk Duff, Antoinette Halberstadt, Tyler Maddocks and Florio Vassilakakis) will take questions from the audience until 8:20 p.m.
The rules have been established by the sponsor, the Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce:
“During the question period, questions will be received from the floor in spoken form only and will alternate between a media panel and the public. The public will approach the microphone, identify themselves and address a question to one candidate. The moderator will read the written question and address it to one specific candidate. The candidate will be limited to two minutes to respond to the question. Additional candidates can respond upon completion of first candidate’s response. Additional candidate responses will be limited to one minute.”
The election date is Saturday, Sept. 14 and was called after the resignation of Russ Hearne.