There are 24 candidates seeking election in Whistler this year; 17 running for the six council seats and seven who want the mayors job. Because of the number of candidates Pique Newsmagazine has split its profiles of the candidates over two weeks: 12 this week and 12 in the Nov. 10 edition.
We also made the decision to profile the seven mayoralty candidates in the same paper the Nov. 10 issue. That left the councillor candidates. We put all 17 names in a hat and drew 12 to run in this issue. The remaining five will appear with the mayoral candidates next week.
The candidates were all e-mailed the same questions and asked for a written response or to sit down with a reporter for an interview by Oct. 28. Approximately half the candidates submitted written responses and half did interviews. The interviews were recorded, transcribed and to the best of our abilities edited to reflect the candidates response and fit within the 700-word limit.
All candidates responses were collected before this issue went to press.
While we hope this format helps voters make their decisions on Nov. 19, it is only one forum. We urge you to attend the all candidates meetings, starting with the WORCA meeting today (Nov. 3) at 6:30 p.m. at Spring Creek school, to learn more about the candidates. There are also all candidates meetings hosted by the chamber of commerce Saturday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. at Myrtle Philip school and Whistler cultural organizations Monday, Nov. 14 at 5:30 p.m. at MY Millennium Place. As well, the Whistler Forum is hosting a session for the mayoralty candidates on Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at MY Millennium Place.
Previous stories on candidates, published at the time they announced their candidacies, are also available on our website, www.piquenewsmagazine.com , under the "Civic Elections 2005" button in the top left corner of the opening page.
Finally, take the time to vote on Nov. 19.
Bob Barnett, editor