Get to know the candidates

The municipal, regional, and school board elections will be here before you know it, so make sure you start paying attention to what all of the candidates have to say.

The municipal, regional, and school board elections will be here before you know it, so make sure you start paying attention to what all of the candidates have to say.

So far, only two councillor candidates, who are on the current city council, have announced they are seeking a spot — Surinderpal Rathor and Laurie Walters.

The rest of the current councillors haven’t made their plans known, yet.

Three people have announced their intentions to run for mayor — current mayor Kerry Cook and former mayors Scott Nelson and Walt Cobb.

As for Cariboo Regional District directors and school trustees, it’s not yet known who will throw their names in the hat.

But the time to do so is drawing near, and now that summer will soon be fall and children are back in school, you should at least start thinking about not only who you want representing your interests and the community, but also what issues are most important to you.

Attend the debates (none have been scheduled yet) and talk to every one of the candidates to find out exactly what they will fight for, or against.

Give them all a chance to explain their positions, but also be cautious about what they say, because, afterall, spin is all part of the game.

There are a lot of issues to consider, from the big to the small, and while we can’t have all of them addressed the way we would like them to be, we can, at least, make sure those we elect know how we want them to lead. And if you don’t like any of them, then maybe you should consider throwing your name into the political ring too.

And please, make sure you vote on Nov. 19, and vote responsibly; don’t just vote for someone because your friend or spouse is voting for that person.

Select those you believe will lead your community in the right direction and will make decisions that will have a positive and meaningful effect on our leaders of tomorrow.