Waterloo Regional Chair debate 2014

Waterloo Region municipal election debates

The races of candidates clamoring for your votes in the 2014 municipal election are well under-way.

Election signs dot the boulevards and front lawns along busy arterial roadways and neighbourhood streets around the region, mass-mail out election brochures are cluttering our mailboxes and recycling bins and apparently at least one candidate has incorporated the generally maligned yet arguably effective tool of robo-calling into their messaging arsenal. I have heard from two of my friends that each received a call from anti-LRT Regional Chair candidate Jay Aissa.

Another sign that election-season is clearly upon us is the deluge of debate programming found on Rogers TV Cable 20. I have the honour and privilege of moderating these debates on The Local Campaign Waterloo Region. The goal of this high-quality community programming is to help you inform your vote ahead of marking your ballot on (or before) October 27.

We have filmed the debate for Regional Chair, and the mayoralty debates for Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Wilmot. We have also completed all the wards in Kitchener less Ward 1 due to a scheduling conflict and Ward 3 due to John Gazzola’s acclamation. Check the Rogers TV website for a list of air-times. Immediately after one debate airs, it’s uploaded to the Rogers TV website and is archived for your viewing and vote-informing pleasure. So long as you’re a customer of any Rogers product (including cellular and high speed internet), you can create a free Anyplace TV account.

By the end of next week, our team at The Local Campaign will have waded through the debates focused on the eight Cambridge wards, and the Woolwich and North Dumfries mayoralty races. If you would like to ask a question of the candidates vying to be your municipal representative, send a tweet to either my twitter handle or to Rogers TV Cable 20.

Get involved by exercising your right to vote, but please make sure you make an educated decision. Whether that research is conducted through reading candidate websites, media reports, tuning into our debate coverage, or a combination of those mediums and others. Soon, we’ll each be chipping-in to pay the salaries of the people who are ultimately elected into office.

Make sure you do your due diligence to act as the check-and-balance that hopefully elects the best people for the job to represent us.