The Badlands Community Facility was standing room only on Wednesday, Oct. 4 for the All Candidates Forum.
The forum was hosted by the Drumheller Chamber of Commerce and the local Alberta Teachers' Association. More than 400 people are estimated to have attended the event to hear the two mayoral candidates and 16 of the 17 candidates for Drumheller Town Council share their views and agendas.
DrumhellerOnline.com recorded the event to share the questions and answers with readers. A video can be found below.
Afterwards, attendees of the event reacted to the candidates and shared views of their own.
"Some things became more clear, but I also feel a little bit more confused," admitted Michelle. "Some things, I'm going to have to think about before I vote."
A fellow attendee shared the same feeling.
"I thought all the candidates spoke very well. And, there were some candidates I did not know, and I did not know their platform," said LeAnne. "I have a different choice of some of my candidates now."
A man who gave his name as Larry, disagreed with the two women, and said he has a completely different problem now.
"When I got here, I had six people on my list. After hearing everybody, I'm down to four. Now I have a problem: who are the other two I'm going to vote for? I'm going to read their literature and make a decision from there."
"I'm excited with Drumheller going forward," shared LeAnne. "I've always loved Drumheller and I'm excited about the candidates going on that are going to work really hard to make our community even a better place to live."
Larry agreed, adding that it was nice to have so many candidates to choose from this year.
"It is good to see that there [are] 17 people that are running. And, it does give the people of Drumheller a choice. It is a big job to choose the right people now. So people, read the literature, find out about the candidates and vote accordingly."