Sandspit candidates debate Tuesday

  • Aug. 12, 2009 6:00 p.m.

Sandspit voters will have the opportunity to hear directly from the three men who are running to be the community’s regional district director at an all-candidates debate to be held next Tuesday. The Aug. 18 forum is being organized by the Moresby Island Management Committee and will be chaired by committee member Gord Usher. Mr. Usher said he’ll be giving each of the candidates – Duane Gould, Dana Northcott and Evan Putterill – a few minutes to make a statement, then the candidates will respond to questions from the public. Members of the public can also submit questions beforehand which Mr. Usher will pose at the forum. Questions can be dropped in the MIMC mailbox. The debate comes one day before the advance poll Aug. 19. The poll will be open from 8 am until 8 pm at the Sandspit community office. The regular voting day is Saturday Aug. 29, same hours and same location. The regional district director represents Sandspit and the rest of Moresby Island (also known as Area E) on the Skeena-Queen Charlotte regional district board. Because Sandspit is not incorporated, the regional district is responsible for things like the community’s water system, funding the community’s fire department, and planning and land use decisions. The regional district also runs an all-islands waste system and an all-islands recreation commission. Whoever is elected will also represent Sandspit on the new Misty Isles Economic Development Society. The by-election is being held because the previous director, Travis Glasman, resigned to take on a job as economic development officer for Misty Isles. Mr. Glasman was acclaimed when the last election was held in November 2008.

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