ELECTION 2014: West Bench candidates forum on Thursday at elementary school

All-candidates’ meeting has been set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Bench Elementary School.

Residents in the rural area west of Penticton now have a chance to hear from the two men vying for their votes in the Nov. 15 municipal election.

The all-candidates’ meeting has been set for Thursday at 7 p.m. at West Bench Elementary School. Invited are incumbent Michael Brydon and challenger Ronald Johnson, both of whom are seeking to be elected as the Area F director on the board of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen.

West Bench resident Ken Davis said he stepped up to organize the forum simply because no one else had.

“This is often done by groups such as the West Bench Irrigation District and those types of people, but no one was around, so I said, ‘I’ll just see if I can do it myself,’” Davis explained.

“This will be the only meeting opportunity for people in Area F to talk to the two candidates and listen to what they have to say.”

Davis said the forum will begin with opening statements, followed by questions from moderator Bob Nicholson and the floor, then closing statements.

Ginny Manning, who was re-elected by acclamation to represent the rural area around Penticton on the board of the Okanagan Skaha School District, is also expected to speak.

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