Four days and counting down, to the close of nominations for the Municipal elections taking place on October 22.  Some new faces, some old faces and some yet to declare but no matter what, the race is on and it is important for all of us to be involved in this process and the upcoming election.  The people that we elect, will set the tone for each Municipality and School Board in our District, for the next four years.

After the close of nominations this Friday, we will have three months to sift through the platforms of each candidate and choose who we see fit to represent us and our concerns that are important to each of us.  It is tremendously important that if there are issues that individuals wish to see addressed, that they communicate with the candidates that have or will put their names forward, to get their perspective on what you feel is important.  If we do not ask, we will not get an answer, nor will these candidates know about your issues or concerns.

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a survey of its members, soon after the nomination period is completed.  We will be asking our members about their concerns or issues and will be presenting these items to each candidate for their input on how they will address them.  Once completed your Chamber will post the answers provided by the candidates so that our members and the general public will learn more about the candidates and the issues that the business community will bring forward.

As well, The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce will be involved in various events around the district, in the months leading up to the election.  The more information that we can provide to our members and the public, the better.  There are many issues that are of concern for the business community and we are hopeful that the candidates will hear our questions/concerns and respond with meaningful responses.  Campaign promises, along with the candidate’s vision of what issues their municipalities are facing, will shape the visions of the Boards and Municipal Councils throughout the next four years.

To all of those who have put their names forward for the ballot on October 22 and for those that will before the close of nominations, good luck and thank you for taking the interest in your community.  It is not an easy decision to make when running for office, but it can and will, shape the future of all our communities.  The Chamber looks forward to working with the candidates and eventually the successful individuals in the future.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.