With the number of candidates who have already declared their intention to run in the 2014 municipal election in Abbotsford, and the large number still expected, we have opened up a new section on our homepage devoted entirely to the election.
Currently (a/o 9/11/14) you will find announcements by candidates; interviews with candidates; columns on candidates and some general information about municipal elections and the role of councillors.
Today Media is in the process of developing our 2014 candidate questionnaire which will be published in this section and made available to all candidates for council, school board and the mayoralty. We have some features planned on the issues, as we see them, in this campaign and we urge our readers to weigh-in and contribute as effusively and vociferously or as quietly and respectfully as you choose.
We would also like to ask for your suggestions about issues to cover; questions you would like us to ask; information you require, or any help you need finding out what you need in order to make an informed decision on voting day.
We believe this is one of the most important elections in Abbotsford’s short history. The people we choose to represent us will be responsible for shaping our community for decades to come. This website, and this section specifically, were designed to give everyone the opportunity to participate in the communal decision-making which municipal politics is supposed to offer in a properly functioning democracy.
We have our views and we will publish them. You have yours and we will publish them too.
Even if you disagree with us … on anything … we want to hear from you. If you have something to contribute to the debate, this is the time to make your mark and ensure that what you have to say is heard. What started as a small experiment in local politics back in 2008 has grown into a significant and important source for news and information for over 30,000 unique visitors every month.
Thanks to your support we have broken national and international stories and are regularly relied on by provincial and national media outlets to find out what is really happening in our community.
Join us in this adventure. Have your say. It is, more than ever, your time to be heard.
Vince Dimanno and Mike Archer
Today Media Group