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CCPEC deems mayoral debate a success

CCPEC president Bob Granger introduced mayoral candidates Peter Mertens, Lori Slick, Monica Alyea and Gordon Fox. Amber Martin photo

More than 150 citizens, including several councillors attended Thursday’s Mayoral All-Candidates Forum sponsored by Concerned Citizens of Prince Edward County (CCPEC).
“By all accounts the 2.5-hour event, held at Prince Edward Collegiate Institute in Picton, was very successful,” said Gary Mooney, CCPEC executive committee member and moderator.
Four of the five declared mayoral candidates participated: Monica Alyea, Gordon Fox, Peter Mertens and Lori Slik. Candidate Sandy Latchford declined participation noting the “debate may be premature as not everyone has necessarily declared their candidacy at this time. In all fairness to both the final slate of candidates and the people of Prince Edward County, I felt that it would be more beneficial for everyone to hold such a meeting once the deadline has closed.”
CCPEC Chair and President Bob Granger introduced the candidates.
During the first half of the forum, candidates responded to nine questions from a list of 20 questions provided to them in advance, which had been developed in consultation with CCPEC members. During the second half, candidates answered questions submitted by the audience.
Eighteen topics were covered, in six categories: community and vision, financial management, wind energy, planning and growth, economic development, tourism and the arts, social programs and health care.
“This event allowed those in attendance to gain significant insights into the four participating candidates — their individual strengths, points of view and evolving platforms,” said Mooney. “Several members of the audience commented that the event was professionally run, and that
the prepared questions were fair and neutral, which was the primary intent. One comment: ‘The all-candidates meeting was a resounding success — well attended — well-conducted (balanced and reasonable questions) — well managed.'”
Concerned Citizens of Prince Edward County is a not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the quality of life in the County and the affordability of local government. For more information, visit
To hear the candidates’ opening remarks, visit our Municipal Elections Page

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