With less than two weeks until voters head to the polls, Whistler's 20 candidates for council are officially in the homestretch after the last of three all-candidates meetings on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
Seventeen of 20 candidates were on hand for the meeting (held at Whistler Secondary School and hosted by WORCA): Gord Annand, Lance Bright, David Buzzard, Arthur De Jong, Larry Falcon, Jen Ford, Ralph Forsyth, John Grills, Duane Jackson, Cathy Jewett, Miroslav Kolvek, Janice Lloyd, Jeff Murl, Ira Pettle, Brian Reid, Melanie Tardif and Dawn Titus. (Steve Andrews, Nathan Hawkins and Tova Jamernik were absent).
Unlike the first two all-candidates meetings, the Oct. 9 affair was held in a speed-dating format, with each candidate (as well as acclaimed Mayor Jack Crompton) rotating through 18 tables for five-minute roundtable sessions.
The tables were full, and the more personal format was well received.
"It was very interesting to be able to engage with the candidates one on one and get more of an unfiltered answer when the spotlight wasn't on them in front of a large crowd, and there was a lot of more personalized answers. I liked it," said Ryan Nadeau, adding that the candidates provided a "total mixed bag" in terms of their answers.
"I felt like there was some candidates who absolutely could not answer some of the questions, and then there was some candidates who were very to the point, had direct answers and were able to answer very succinctly the questions that were asked."
His vote is now solidified, Nadeau added.
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Advance voting is available today at the Whistler Public Library until 8 p.m.
The next advance voting day is Saturday, Oct. 13 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at municipal hall (4325 Blackcomb Way), followed by general voting day on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Whistler Conference Centre.