With the aim of increasing voter turnout in the upcoming municipal election, candidates for Mayor and Ward Councilor in Prince Edward County are being invited to share their thoughts on a wide range of issues once a week.
Summaries of candidates’ responses are here:
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Summary of Responses to Invitation 2
The County’s official list of certified candidates in the upcoming municipal election include 4 candidates for Mayor and 29 candidates for Ward Councilor. Responses were received from 18 candidates (54.5%), including 2 candidates for Mayor and 16 candidates for Ward Councilor (see RSVPs at a glance).
Skills and interests in areas of municipal responsibility
Candidates were asked three questions related to their skills and interests in municipal government:
- Please identify two internal and one external committee or board listed above whose areas of municipal responsibility would showcase your skills and interests in municipal government.
- For these three committees or boards, please highlight your skills and experience (work, volunteer, life) in those areas of municipal responsibility.
- For these three committees or boards, please describe the impact you’d hope to make in those areas of municipal responsibility.
Tables 2.1 and 2.2 summarize the candidates’ identification of internal and external committees, respectively.
|Community & Economic Development Commission||19.4%|
|Agricultural Advisory Committee||13.9%|
|Heritage Advisory Committee||13.9%|
|Environmental Advisory Committee||8.3%|
|Public Library Board||8.3%|
|Accessibility Advisory Committee||5.6%|
|Police Services Board||2.8%|
|Traffic Advisory Committee||2.8%|
|Prince Edward County Affordable Housing Corporation||38.9%|
|Quinte Conservation Executive Board||22.2%|
|Hastings and Prince Edward Board of Health||11.1%|
|Quinte Waste Solutions||11.1%|
|Hastings/Quinte Emergency Services Committee||5.6%|
|Prince Edward Lennox & Addington Housing Advisory Committee||5.6%|
|Prince Edward Lennox & Addington Social Services Committee||5.6%|
|Quinte Region Source Protection Committee||0.0%|
Summary of Responses to Invitation 1
The County’s official list of certified candidates in the upcoming municipal election include 4 candidates for Mayor and 29 candidates for Ward Councilor. Responses were received from 18 candidates (54.5%), including 2 candidates for Mayor and 16 candidates for Ward Councilor.
Candidates were asked, “For how many years have you resided in the County?” Their responses are summarized in Table 1.1:
|Under 10 yrs||16.7%|
|10 to 19 yrs||16.7%|
|20 to 29 yrs||22.2%|
Membership on municipal bodies
Candidates were asked to identify their memberships on any body associated with the municipal government in the County during the previous and current terms of Council. We have grouped memberships into related areas of responsibility and collapsed across previous and current terms of Council. Candidates’ memberships in these groups over this period are summarized in Table 1.2:
|Membership on municipal bodies||%|
|Community & economic development 3||22.2%|
Volunteering in the County
Candidates were asked to identify their memberships in not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations associated with the County during the current term of Council. Areas of volunteering most frequently identified by candidates are summarized in Table 1.3:
|Areas of volunteering||%|
|Children & families||22.2%|
Tension between “old” and “new” residents
Candidates were asked “How do you understand talk of tension between ‘old’ and ‘new’ residents in the County?” Four candidates (22.2%) found the question to be potentially divisive, a mere distraction, or had no comment. Four candidates (22.2%) hadn’t experienced this sort of tension in the County. Ten candidates (55.5%) shared their experiences and thoughts about it.
Regardless of their responses to this question, candidates expressed nearly no concern that tension between ‘old’ and ‘new’ residents in the County influences Council’s agenda or decisions (Table 1.4):
|Tension influences Council’s agenda||%|
|Neither disagree or agree||44.4%|
|Tension influences Council’s decisions||%|
|Neither disagree or agree||38.9%|