The first of two all-candidates' meetings for the upcoming municipal election in Goderich touched on a range of issues including housing, economic development and homelessness.
The well-attended event at Lakeshore United Church Wednesday involved candidates for Deputy Mayor and Councillor positions.
Former Mayor Deb Shewfelt is running for the post of Deputy Mayor after a four year absence, after being defeated by current Mayor Kevin Morrison in 2015.
Shewfelt tells Country 104.9 News that the current Council is asking ratepayers to fund projects and initiatives too often, and that a solution must be found to rising property taxes.
He believes that Goderich needs to be prepared for an expected sharp increase in the number of seniors.
Shewfelt is vying for the Deputy Mayor's chair against current Councillors Michele Hansen and Myles Murdock.
Stephen Tamming is a first-time candidate for Council, seeking a seat against fellow newcomers Phil Neill and Shawn Thompson, and incumbents Matt Hoy, Trevor Bazinet and current Deputy Mayor Jim Donnelly.
Tamming is the pastor of Trinity Christian Reformed Church, and believes his position and background will help him relate to the needs of the larger community.
He stresses the homeless issue in Goderich as well as housing, economic development and encouraging younger people to return, and promoting the beach area.
The all candidates meeting was presented by Engage Goderich and the Huron Chamber of Commerce.
A second event highlighting candidates for Mayor will be held at Lakeshore United next Wednesday at 7pm.
The municipal election is October 22nd, with on-line voting starting October 11th.