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Editorial: We have a race

Your vote and your choice does matter as you help to shape the future of our community.
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We have an official election race in Delta thanks to a lot of candidates coming forward in the past week.

For the past few months, I have written several editorial commentaries on the municipal election campaign here in Delta.

It was looking like a turtle race more than a fulsome election race up until a week ago, when all of a sudden, a flood of candidates came forward.

Now, no one will be acclaimed and voters will have lots of choices for council and school board when they head to the advanced polls in early October or election day on Oct. 15.

We have three on the ballot for mayor, 13 for city council and 15 for school board. Voters will elect one mayor, six councillors and seven school board trustees. Like I said, there is lots to choose from.

Over the coming weeks, the Optimist editorial team will be presenting extensive coverage both in print and online through a special election page on our website (

We will be presenting bios and a question and answer feature on all candidates who chose to take part and submit.

We will be covering the all-candidates meetings. So far one is slated for Sept. 24 in North Delta.

The Delta Chamber of Commerce is planning two forums for the end of the month and the Delta Teachers’ Association is organizing forums for school trustee candidates.

I encourage all residents to follow along in print and on our website to learn about the candidates. Attend one or all the all-candidates meetings. Listen to what everyone has to say and make an informed choice when you mark your ballot.

Delta had a high voter turnout in the last election in 2018 – one of the highest in the province. Your vote and your choice does matter as you help to shape the future of our community.

Get involved and get engaged.

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