Meet the Candidates - CobourgName: Meet the Candidates - CobourgDate: October 10, 2018Time: 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM EDTRegistration: Register NowEvent Description:The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce is hosting an innovative “Meet the Candidates” event in Cobourg that will give you an opportunity to sit across the table from each of the Municipal and English Public School Board Trustee Candidates and engage in direct “one-on-one” discussion.
As pre-registered guests arrive at the event, they will individually be assigned to different tables, where they will be joined by other random participants for Opening Remarks from the Chamber and brief platform statements from each of the participating candidates. Following that overview, the candidates will each take a seat at different tables and a bell will ring, signaling the beginning of five uninterrupted minutes of discussion, debate, questions and answers in a free-form, round-table conversation. After five minutes, the bell rings again, and all candidates get up and move to the next table, repeating the process unilt every candidate has met with every table.
“In just over two hours, the participants will be able to meet every candidate individually, hear an overview of their campaign platform, receive their campaign literature and have the opportunity to directly ask the specific questions they want answered” explained Alexis Smith, Chair of the NCCofC Board of Directors. “It’s an exciting new event format that we developed with the express intent of ensuring that every voice has equal opportunity to be heard” added Smith. The Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce piloted the concept in Cobourg during the 2014 Municipal Election, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback from both the voting public and the candidates.
“This new format provides an opportunity for our members and the general public to ask direct questions and get answers in a more personal and intimate setting than a traditional staged format allows” observed NCCofC Government Relations Committee Chair Scott McCracken. “The format allows exponentially more questions to be posed from more people in the same amount of time, and there will be a networking opportunity after the round table sessions for follow-up or extended discussion with the individual candidates.”
Participation for the Cobourg event is restricted to 125 participants.
Online pre-registration is required.
This event is being organized, hosted and staffed exclusively by the Northumberland Central Chamber of Commerce, and they extend sincere thanks to the Cobourg Taxpayers Association for generously providing the venue.
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