Monday, September 26, 2022

Endorsement relays, campaign narratives mark weekend of social media messaging in Civic Election campaign

The Civic election campaign could heat up tonight with the first two 
debates scheduled so far towards the October 15th vote

As they were making preparations for tonight's Prince Rupert and District Chamber of Commerce election Forum, the candidates for the Prince Rupert Mayor's race and that of Council were in many instances framing some of their narratives through social media themes over the weekend and the week previous.

Recent endorsement announcements proved to be a theme for some, with Herb Pond, Chrystopher Thompson and incumbent councillor Barry Cunningham all making note of some of the support of reference they have received in recent days.

Mr. Pond making note of a former City of Prince Rupert staff member, Hans Seidemann, who has offered his support to the Pond campaign

While both Mr. Thompson and Mr. Cunningham highlighted the recent endorsements for them through the Prince Rupert Labour Council. 

Some of those seeking a seat on Council have shared notes on their recent work putting up campaign signs, or knocking on doors to hear from the voters. 

While the incumbents for the most part have not been too engaged in message making other than their original notes, many of which outlined their pride of achievement of the last four years and a desire to continue on with the programs developed in that period of time.

You can review all the weekend campaign activities and other notes from those that have a social media stream from our archive page here.

All of the candidates will have a chance to expand on those themes, frame their campaigns for the homestretch of the campaign and share with voters how they can gain more information about their campaigns as part of tonight's Forum. 

The Lester Centre event starts at 7PM at the Lester Centre.

It will also be streamed live through Facebook and YouTube.

A second forum has been scheduled for October 4th at Charles Hays Multi Purpose Room, hosted by the Prince Rupert Labour Council.

1 comment:

  1. Hans Seidemann's endorsement mentions that Herb Pond understands the "powers and limitations" of the position of mayor and the importance of the council. That understanding has been lacking over the last eight years, with far, far too much focus on the mayor and his personal narrative, especially through his social media feed. The councillors all too often have come across as marginal and not very engaged, which has not been good. I did not vote for Herb last time he ran, but Hans has a good point: Herb understands the office of mayor and the role of the council, and that is especially important this time around.