Dear North Cowichan:
I'd like to represent you on Council. I envision us as a resilient community that shares ideas openly and works together to make our future strong.
The Cowichan Valley is a “community of communities.” From Lake Cowichan to Shawnigan to Cowichan Bay, from Duncan to Crofton and up to Chemainus, and all parts in between, we’re smaller parts of a greater whole. We’re neighbors who share one thing: Cowichan is our home.
Local politics and government hit us where we live, whether it’s schools, zoning or council elections. So why don't more of us actually get involved, actually vote?
Last time we had local elections, fewer than one out of every three people voted in North Cowichan. Partly, we're busy on the every-day-athon of life. Partly, we don't realize that our vote can make a big difference.
On November 19th, the whole Cowichan Valley will have a chance to vote for mayors, directors, board of education trustees, and councillors.
You don’t have to own property to vote -- you don’t even have to be registered. As long as you’re 18 years old, a Canadian citizen, and have lived in BC for six months, and in Cowichan for three months -- you can vote.
If you've never voted before, just bring two pieces of ID that show your address (at least one must also have your signature) -- and you can vote.
When you get into the polling station, the ballot will tell you how many people you can vote for. But you don’t have to vote for that many. You only have to vote for the people you really believe in. Even if you only mark one or two names. It's called plumping and it's perfectly legal. In fact, if you really want people that represent your interests, plumping helps. Especially in an election like the race in North Cowichan, with so many people running. These kinds of races often favour encumbents.
How do you decide who you want to vote for? Most candidates also have websites and Facebook pages, so you can read what they stand for. Local papers have published bios in print and online.
Shaw cable is filming each candidate that wants to participate. You can hear a one minute talk from them in the week leading up to the election on the Shaw Youtube channel.
Or check out the Shaw local station on Monday the 14th at 4 pm and again at 10 pm, and again on Wednesday the 16th at 3 pm and 9 pm. If you want a chance to speak to candidates for North Cowichan in person, come out to the Duncan Garage Showroom on Tuesday the 15th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm for an informal discussion.
Our local mayors and council members, our area directors and school trustees, all make decisions that can affect our lives for years down the road. Make sure you have your say about who those people are.
I'd like to represent you for the next three years - I know local politics, serving two terms on the School Board as Trustee (then Kathy Ross) helping to manage a $ 42 million dollar budget.
If you are looking for a change - choose change with experience.
Thanks for your consideration,
If you won’t be here on November 19th, you can vote ahead of time at the advanced poll on Tuesday, November 15th, from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Municipal Hall, 7030 Trans Canada Highway.
November 19th - Election Day Polling Stations North Cowichan
Chemainus Seniors Centre 9824 Willow Street
Crofton Elementary School 8017 York Road
Maple Bay Elementary School 500 Donnay Drive
Mt. Prevost Middle School 6177 Somenos Road
North Cowichan Municipal Hall 7030 Trans Canada Highway
Quamichan Middle School 2515 Beverly Street