The candidates for councils and the local school boards across the district have made their choice to seek election, and have been pleading their case for office through lawn signs, pamphlets/brochures, and submitting profiles to the newspaper. Here in Fort Frances, the candidates for mayor and council also outlined their platforms at a forum hosted by the local Chamber of Commerce last week at the Townshend Theatre.
Now it's the voters' turn to decide who they would like to see lead their respective communities or be school board trustees for the next four years.
Election Day officially is Oct. 22 but here in Fort Frances, where telephone/internet voting only is being utilized for the first time, voters can cast their ballots beginning this Monday (Oct. 15) at 8:30 a.m. and right up until 8 p.m. on Oct. 22.
To ease the process, the town is setting up a Voter Help Centre at the Civic Centre, which will be open during normal business hours from Oct. 15-19 and again on Oct. 22 from 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Additionally, a travelling Voter Help Centre will be established on Thursday, Oct. 18 from 1-3 p.m. at Columbus Place on Nelson Street.
Although the number of candidates in Fort Frances is down from the last municipal election in 2014, there still are two mayoral candidates and eight seeking a spot on council this time around.
As well, six candidates are vying for the two Fort Frances seats on the Rainy River District School Board.
Across the district, there are races for mayor/reeve in Emo, Chapple, La Vallee, and Alberton, along with races for council in both Emo and Rainy River. There also are races for RRDSB seats in Alberton-La Vallee and Emo-Chapple-Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls.
Hopefully, that same interest is being felt among voters, which, in turn, translates into a large turnout in the form of cast ballots.
The stage has been set. Make sure you have your say this election.