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Providence holds ‘Meet the Candidates’ night this week; 6 vying for city council

October 4th, 2015 Posted in Opinion

By Amanda Wray

PROVIDENCE — Being a mayor is supposed to be a part-time job, but Providence Mayor Don Calderwood put in a 13-hour day on Monday. He’s not complaining though: working for the city of Providence and its citizens is his top priority.

Calderwood hopes citizens will make meeting and voting for city council members a priority as the Nov. 3 elections approach.

Voters can come to a “Meet the Candidates Night” this Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Providence Elementary School. Six candidates for three seats on the city council will participate in a question-and-answer panel, and citizens will be able to ask the candidates their own questions.

“People who are interested have an opportunity to come and make better judgments,” Calderwood said.

“I want every citizen in town to vote, that is so important,” Calderwood said. “I’m not saying how you should vote, but I believe you should exercise your right to vote. It is your city; this is your legislative body.”

The six candidates for the three available positions are Kirk Allen, Sandra Checketts, Rowan Cecil, Dennis Giles, Roy Sneddon and Jeffrey Turley. These candidates were selected in the primary elections last month; winners in the November election will take office in January.

City employees are optimistic that many citizens will turn out for the event to learn more about the candidates.

“The Providence City people get really involved,” city office specialist Tamara Reese said. “They want to know everything going on in the city, and so many of them participate.”

This year, however, there will be no waiting at the polls on Election Day, Nov. 3. Providence is holding a vote-by-mail municipal election —voters must mail ballots prior to election day or drop them off at the Providence City Office Building by 8 p.m. Ballots will be mailed to registered voters this week.

“This way gives people more time to research who candidates are and to make informed decisions,” Turley said. “It’s your city. Come vote.”

For more information on the elections, contact the Providence City Office at 435-752-9441.


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