Mayoral candidates have council preferences

Are there slates running in the Qualicum Beach municipal election?

Are there slates running in the Qualicum Beach municipal election?

Both mayoral candidate Mike Wansink and Teunis Westbroek say there aren’t, although both politicians admit there are candidates they would prefer to work with over others.

Responding to a query about whether he hands out a list of people to vote for when he’s door knocking, Westbroek said he doesn’t.

“If they ask me if there is anybody I can work with, I tell them I can work with anybody, but I do share a few names but I don’t tell them a whole slate. They have to think of that for themselves. I don’t want to pass on lists.”

Westbroek said, however he has heard rumours of a number of candidates being promoted as a group, but he’s not one of them.

Mayoral candidate Mike Wansink said he’s not one of them either.

“Certainly not,” he said. “I’ve gone to great lengths to avoid that.

“I want to make sure I’m fully independent.”

Wansink said he has also heard the rumour about a list being handed out, but stressed that doing so breaks no election rules.

“I would question its ethics, if true,” he said. “If people ask me who they should vote for, I say it’s not ethical to tell you. I don’t tell them what my preferences are.”

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