Sept. 14, 2018

Application Questions for

Municipal Candidates Forum Released


For Immediate Release

Friday, September 14, 2018

OurNanaimo is partnering with the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce to present two Candidate Forums in advance of the October 20 Nanaimo municipal elections, to provide the community with several robust opportunities to meet and question candidates for mayor and council.

Tuesday, October 9 will feature an All Candidate Fair followed by mayoral debates.  Based on community interest, school trustee candidates are invited to participate and register in the All Candidate Fair. Monday, October 15 will feature councillor candidate debates in a “fish bowl” format. Both events will be held at the Vancouver Island Convention Centre, Nanaimo.

Mayoral and Councillor candidates who wish to participate in the October 9 and 15 debates must apply by responding to four questions. Responses will be evaluated by Chamber and OurNanaimo representatives. Candidates whose responses meet or exceed the qualifying criteria will be invited to participate in the debates.

Candidate Debate Application Questions

In 250 words or less per response, respond to the following 4 questions.

  1. How would you describe the role you are seeking (mayor or councillor) and how do your skills, experience and qualifications prepare you to take on this serious and complex role?
  2. Outline the approaches and actions you think council should take to help foster a prosperous, vibrant, sustainable and diverse Nanaimo economy and community.
  3. Describe your vision, approach and tactics for how you as a council member and council as a body should engage with its various partners, stakeholders and constituents.
  4. Nanaimo Council is served and supported by a series of committees. How should these committees be structured, mandated and governed?

Candidate responses must be received at by 12:00 pm (noon), September 24. All responses will also be posted to the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and OurNanaimo websites. For further details on the debate application process, and more information on these candidate forums, please consult the Frequently Asked Questions.



For more information, please contact:



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Kim Smythe, Chamber of Commerce, 250-756-1191