Maple Ridge 2011 Elections

The results are now in! Congratulations to all those that won and many thanks to those that tried and failed.

The new council has the approval of 39.29% of the voting population. In 2008 they had the approval of 47.40% of the voting population.

We have posted a table the breakdown here. All of the candidates who ran this year and in 2008 saw a decrease in their vote percentage. It looks like the very large number of candidates running confused just about everybody.

Updated Nov 20th 2011

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28 candidates! Confused? Join the club.
This site is intended to help sort out the good from the bad. There is not much more important to our daily lives than what happens at the big building on Dewdney Trunk Road.

In order to better understand the agendas of council candidates, several Neighbourhood Associations have compiled a list of questions.
We asked a lot of tough questions and the answers that we are receiving are very revealing about the candidates.
The responses that we receive from candidates are being posted on this site.

There are no shortage of challenging issues to be dealt with in Maple Ridge and the need for visionary leadership has never been greater. So we hope that you will take the time to read carefully the answers.

We would like to thank the candidates that have replied. We understand that the demands on the time of candidates are great and we really appreciate the quality, depth and thoughtfulness of the answers.

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One response to “Maple Ridge 2011 Elections

  1. I think the initiative of all these neighbourhood associations to put together a list of questions to candidates and posting all the answers on your website was a fantastic idea. Unfortunately, like you say, the number of new candidates was very confusing to voters, and likely contributed to the fact that voter turn-out was even lower than last time.
    I think many people do care a great deal about our community and how it grows, but it’s an awfully time consuming task to get to know this many candidates. There were a good number of promising candidates who ran in the last election as well, who worked very hard again this time around to get their views out there, but it kind of seemed a futile attempt to reach the voting population, most of whom have busy lives and don’t have the time to spend hours and hours doing the required research to be properly informed about all the candidates.
    I’m kind of hoping that this will lead to ideas how to prepare for the next election. Perhaps more cooperation between the various neighbourhood groups over the next 3 years can be beneficial to get to know the people who are in this for the long run, and to help them get better informed about the issues and become more involved in trying to find solutions to the problems that neighbourhoods are faced with. We should be able to make use of their leadership capabilities between now and the next election, and this will give them more visibility in the community.

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