There is a steady stream of visitors to an all-candidates meet-and-greet in Lake Cowichan last week. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

There is a steady stream of visitors to an all-candidates meet-and-greet in Lake Cowichan last week. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

VIDEO: Meet-and-greet voted a success by Lake Cowichan candidates and voters alike

It was a simple format: come and have coffee and meet the candidates face to face

During the campaign season, some voters liken the candidates to car salesmen as they vie with each other to present the best deal.

But they prefer to do it together, often locating their dealerships side by side.

Well, the hopefuls for seats around Lake Cowichan’s council table pinched that idea from the automotive folks last Wednesday, with results that pleased all concerned.

Instead of each candidate holding “coffee mornings” or evening chat fests, the whole gang were available in the dining room at the Riverside Inn from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3.

Candidates said they wondered about the early afternoon start time but a steady stream of voters attended the session as people of various ages came in at the times that best suited them.

There was a mid-afternoon crush and another later as the after-work crowd popped in to talk to the three people running for mayor and the group vying for the four council seats.

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Note: an early deadline means that a report from the formal all-candidates meeting at Centennial Hall on Oct. 15 will be too late for the Lake Cowichan Gazette of Oct. 17, but voters will be able to read it online or see it in the Cowichan Valley Citizen of Oct. 19.

And don’t forget to check out the candidates’ profiles online in the special Election section while you’re at it.

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The casual format of the meet-and-greet at the Riverside Inn gives voters and candidates the chance to chat face to face. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

The casual format of the meet-and-greet at the Riverside Inn gives voters and candidates the chance to chat face to face. (Lexi Bainas/Gazette)

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