Ward All-Candidate Meetings

During an election, one way for constituents to get to know the candidates in their ward is at an All-Candidate meeting. As its name suggests, this type of meeting brings together all of the people in a ward who are running for a seat on City Council. At this meeting the candidates respond to questions from the event organizers and from a public audience.

All-Candidate meetings can increase public awareness of municipal elections, build understanding of where candidates stand on local and city-wide issues and motivate people to vote. Anyone can organize an All-Candidate meeting. There are a few important steps you should consider to ensure a successful event that informs constituents and engages candidates.

This guide provides some suggestions and tips for organizing an All-Candidate meeting. More information can be found in the resources listed on the back page, or by speaking to groups and organizations who have hosted these events in the past.