Well, it’s already October and the municipal elections are drawing nearer. The 2018 municipal election will be held on Monday, October 22nd.
Soon, people will be marking down their ballots for who they want to be their Township or City’s next ward councillor, Regional Councillor, Regional Chair, Mayor and school board trustees.
Before voters go to the polls however, it is important for them to learn as much as they can about these candidates to make informed choices. This could involve attending candidate debates and meetings, doing some research about the candidates online or reading their local newspaper to see which candidate’s platform aligns with their values and their views for what their local area needs.
People should remember, they are electing these people to guide the future of where they live, over a four year term. It will be four years until they will be able to do this again, so it is important to make the right choice in this election.
On that note, let me say I am happy to work for a newspaper that does not endorse candidates. As an impartial reporter, I cannot and won’t tell you who you should or shouldn’t vote for. Personally, I feel it is the role of a journalist to provide all of the facts in an impartial way and let the people make an informed decision based on those facts. That is what I have been doing for the over three years I have worked at The Standard and that is what I will continue to do.
I do have a message for those who end up elected. Remember, you are all coming to council with common goals, to make the Township or City you represent the best it can be, and to be a voice for those who reside in your ward, or municipality.
I encourage all residents who are of legal voting age to vote in this election, as this is your chance to make your voice heard and be a part of shaping the next four years of your Township or City’s future. Those that end up elected will be the people deciding so many things that affect residents, such as bylaws, the refurbishment of municipal roads, fire and emergency services, municipal taxes and decisions on future proposed developments among others.
This is your chance to make your voice heard for what you want to happen in Scugog, Uxbridge and the Kawartha Lakes over the next four years.
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