Let’s get one thing straight. Voter turnout for municipal elections here in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has a not-so-good history. 2007 turnout was bad. So bad that I’m about to quantify how “bad” bad actually is. So put on your helmets ladies and gentlemen, because I’m about to blow your respective minds.
Bad is less than 10%.
We all know that this region faces some pretty big issues. Some of us also seem to think that even though we don’t vote, we retain the right to complain about how this place is run.
And I guess that’s valid. It’s not like there’s a law or anything. But I think we can all agree that by not participating in municipal politics, you weaken your position while discussing inadequate <insert random municipal service> to your workmates in the break room / trailer.
So I’m trying something here. I’m asking you, yes you, to post/tweet/status update questions that you would like the current crop of RMWB municipal candidates to answer. The 2010 RMWB Election is less than two months away (53 days by my count) and there’s no time like the present to arm yourself with knowledge.
I will be making Better Know a Candidate available to all candidates – both prospective councillors and mayors – everyone will get a fair shake at this.
So along with a short short bio (and by short I mean 140 characters or less – brevity is the mother of invention) and some general info, I will be picking seven questions asked by the oil sands tribe. Candidates are then welcome to send me their information and I will post it for everyone to see.
Candidates – a page with all the information you require to be added to Better Know a Candidate will be up shortly (I just needs me some more questions!)
Why do this? Why not?
Worse case scenario is not only would John Q. Public be apathetic, but so too would the would-be-candidates. Best case scenario? Being a small factor in increasing the voter turnout – to try and break that apathy!
The more we know about candidates, the better decisions we can make. The better the decisions we make, the better the politicians who represent our interests. The better the politicians who represent… well, you get the idea.
So go forth! Think! Ponder! Cogitate! And then come back and tell me your question. Don’t forget that last part – it’s important. Almost as important as voting in the upcoming election.