Castlegar All Candidates Forum on Oct. 5. (L-R) Lawrence Chernoff, Maria McFaddin, Darcy Bell, Brian Bogle, Sandy Bojechko, Shirley Fahlstead, Sue Heaton-Shrerstibitoff, Cherryl McLeod, Florio Vassilakakis, Henny Hanegraaf and Kim Tassone. Photo: Betsy Kline

Castlegar All Candidates Forum on Oct. 5. (L-R) Lawrence Chernoff, Maria McFaddin, Darcy Bell, Brian Bogle, Sandy Bojechko, Shirley Fahlstead, Sue Heaton-Shrerstibitoff, Cherryl McLeod, Florio Vassilakakis, Henny Hanegraaf and Kim Tassone. Photo: Betsy Kline

VIDEO: Highlights from Castlegar All Candidates Forum

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The Castlegar All Candidates Forum was well attended on Oct. 5 with seats full and people standing around the perimeter of the room. Many more watched the event through the Castlegar News’ Facebook Live broadcast.

The forum was hosted by the Castlegar and Distrcit Chamber of Commerce and moderated by Suzanne Lehbauer.

All of the City of Castlegar candidates — Lawrence Chernoff, Maria McFaddin, Darcy Bell, Brian Bogle, Sandy Bojechko, Shirley Fahlstead, Sue Heaton-Shrerstibitoff, Cherryl McLeod and Florio Vassilakakis — attended as well as the two RDCK Area J candidates — Henny Hanegraaf and Kim Tassone.

The word of the night was “collaboration” with almost every candidate mentioning the word at one point or another during the evening.

Candidates were given opening and closing statements and the opportunity to answer questions submitted in writing from the audience.

The allotted time allowed for about a dozen questions covering the following topics: community safety, city employees, Sahlstrom gate decision, airport lands, inclusivity, ambulance service, land strategy/Brandson Park housing development, Millennium Ponds, homelessness, housing, yard waste and community grants.

The candidates used their opening and closing statements to tell people why they should select them as their representatives. Here are a few key words from each candidate:

Mayor

Lawrence Chernoff — integrity, direction, mayor experience

Maria McFaddin — humility, listener, community collaboration

Council

Darcy Bell — business administration experience, increase resources, hard work

Brian Bogle — housing priority, work with developers, business experience

Sandy Bojechko — labour activist, hearing from residents, accessibility improvements

Shirley Fahlstead — economic development experience, financial knowledge, outcome-based decisions

Cherryl McLeod — council experience, researches decisions, asks hard questions

Sue Heaton-Shrerstibitoff — council experience/accomplishments, volunteerism, forward-thinking

Florio Vassilakakis — past council accomplishments, fiscal prudence, up-to-date on city business

Area J

Henny Hanegraaf — Union negotiation/labour management experience, volunteerism, collaboration skills

Kim Tassone — out spoken, responsible growth, water supply priority

Video of the forum can be viewed through the following two links. We apologize that a technical difficulty resulted in two clips with Lawrence Chernoff’s opening statement divided between the two videos.

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