ELECTION ALBERNI: Douglas leading for mayor in advance polls

John Douglas is holding a slight lead over incumbent Mayor Ken McRae in advance polls for the City of Port Alberni.

John Douglas is holding a slight lead over incumbent Mayor Ken McRae in advance polls for the City of Port Alberni in today’s municipal election.

Douglas garnered 384 votes in two advance polls slightly edging McRae, who had 323.

Stacey Gaiga, who pulled out of the election the night before the first advance poll, has 44 votes. Jen Fisher-Bradley, the other remaining mayoral candidate, had 32 votes after both advance polls.

Incumbent Cindy Solda leads all votes for city councillors with 373 votes so far. The next five highest votes are for Jack McLeman, 364; Rob Cole, 349: Dan Washington, 342; Hira Chopra, 310; David Oscienny, 249.

Polling stations just closed at 8 p.m. and the rest of the ballots are still being counted. Watch www.albernivalleynews.com for more information.

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(With Wawmeesh G. Hamilton reporting from city hall)