Last meet-and-greet for Colwood hopefuls

Colwood council hopefuls will have one last chance to show they can be in the same room as each other.

  • Nov. 15, 2011 9:00 a.m.

Event to fundraise for Cockrell House

Colwood council hopefuls will have one last chance to show they can be in the same room as each other.

A wine and cheese social for Colwood voters and candidates  is set for Thursday at the Royal Colwood Golf Club.

The organizer, Merlin Thompson of Fire and Ice Promotions, invited all Colwood council hopefuls, and while he couldn’t confirm which candidates would be in attendance he said, “if they’re smart, they’ll be there.”

The Colwood election campaign has been a divisive one, with two unofficial slates of candidates emerging when candidates were forced to choose between attending two simultaneous all-candidates meetings scheduled on Nov. 2.

Later attempts by mayoral candidate Brian Tucknott to arrange a third candidate meeting was unsuccessful due to scheduling conflicts.

But Thompson is confidant people will clear their schedule for his event, which he’s billing as an informal chance to chat with candidates one-on-one.

“People don’t want to sit through another debate,” Thompson said. “This will be a chance for them to have a glass of wine with the person they want to elect.”

It’s also a fundraiser for Colwood-based Cockrell House, which provides a home and social assistance to homeless veterans.

The event is Nov. 17, 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Royal Colwood Golf Club, 629 Goldstream Ave.

Tickets, at the door, are $8 each or $15 for a couple, which includes a glass of wine and snacks. There will also be silent auction items, including Canucks tickets, restaurant gift certificates and golf lessons.

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