by Emily Jaycox
For The Stettler Independent
The Stettler Public Library along with the Stettler Board of Trade and Community Development will be co-hosting a provincial candidates forum for the 2019 election on Monday, Apr. 1.
The forum will feature candidates running for the Drumheller-Stettler constituency, a question and answer period and light refreshments.The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the Stettler Community Hall.
As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 28th, four of the five candidates had confirmed their attendance at the forum with the board, according to Stacey Benjamin, president.
The local candidates are as follows:
Jason Hushagen – Alberta Independence Party (AIP)
Nate Horner – United Conservative Party (UCP)
Mark Nikota – Alberta Party (AP)
Rick Strankman – Independent, incumbent
and possibly Holly Heffernan – New Democratic Party (NDP)
Community members can submit their questions for the candidates in advance of the forum via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Election Day is Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
Advance poll ares April 9 to 13. Polling locations are to be announced.
The Stettler library first hosted an elections forum in 2008 and has been working with the BOT since 2015.
“We believe the forum provides an opportunity for community members to evaluate the candidates before voting, and see how they answer questions on issues of importance to them,” said Rhonda O’Neill, library manager.
“Voters can learn a lot by watching how candidates handle themselves under pressure.
It’s all about making informed decisions.”
The library plans to live stream the event and may post it online afterwards.
UPDATED Forum will be held at the Stettler Community Hall, not The Hub.
Along with the Stettler Public Library the Stettler Board of Trade will be co-hosting a provincial candidates forum for the 2019 election on Monday, Apr. 1.
The forum will feature all candidates running for the Drumheller Stettler constituency, a question and answer period and light refreshments.The forum begins at 7 p.m. at the community hall.