Alicia La Rue, an Alberni Valley artist and activist, is going to run for the Green Party in the next provincial election.
La Rue said she is in the process of seeking nominations to run as an MLA for the Green Party in the Alberni-Pacific Rim riding.
La Rue is known for her graphic design and artwork, as well as her grassroots news website “Alberni Thrive.”
She’s been in the process of seeking the nomination for a couple of weeks. After doing a bit of research on the Green Party, she felt that their policies lined up exactly with where she stood. The party is particularly known for its stance on environmentalism. “That’s something I stand for wholeheartedly,” she said. “But they’re not just a one-stop type of party.”
She began to toss around the idea of running for office and, “I had a couple people suggest for me to go for it,” she said.
Her favourite part, she says, is the research. “I love to problem solve. There are always going to be challenges,” she said. “But I’m excited because Port Alberni is my community and my home. I believe people are ready for a change.”
She has plans for public forums, and getting younger people involved in the campaign through social media.
“Part of this process is a matter of engaging people,” she said. “I want to keep the conversation going.”
La Rue is trained as a fine artist, but she has done some work in developing patents, as well. She describes herself as a businesswoman who has lived through numerous income brackets.
“Even now, I don’t really like thinking of myself as a politician,” she laughed. “I wholeheartedly believe I’m not going to be a seat warmer. I’m not going to sit down and be quiet.”
La Rue made the announcement that she was running for MLA during the public protest against the Kinder-Morgan Pipeline last week.
“It’s time that Port Alberni gets heard,” she said.