ALBERNI ELECTION: McNabb unseats Edwards in Beaver Creek

John McNabb has unseated Patty Edwards in one of two contested district in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

John McNabb has unseated Patty Edwards in one of two contested district in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District.

McNabb garnered 162 votes while Edwards had 112 and Colin McLeman 58 votes.

Incumbent Penny Cote, meanwhile, held onto her seat for Sproat Lake, taking 314 votes to Derek Appleton’s 82.

The rest of the regional district directors were acclaimed: Mike Kokura in Beaufort, Glenn Wong in Cherry Creek: Tony Bennett in Long Beach; and Stefan Ochman in Bamfield. Ochman, however, has resigned his seat and another director will be appointed in a special meeting of the regional board on Friday, Dec. 9.

The requirement to appoint a director rather than holding an election is legislated by the Local Government Act, ACRD chief election officer Russell Dyson said in a press release. Dyson sought alternatives whereby the community would elect an individual but the only other alternative would be for the province to make the appointment.

This process is required because Ochman—the only nomination for Bamfield—withdrew his candidacy after the close of nominations for the 2011 election.