Gaiga pulls out of Alberni mayoral race

Stacey Gaiga pulled out of the race for mayor in Alberni and put her support behind fellow candidate John Douglas.

Port Alberni mayoral candidate Stacey Gaiga has bowed out of the race for the city’s top spot and placed her support behind fellow candidate John Douglas.

Gaiga made the announcement at the all candidates meeting hosted at the Steelworkers Hall on Tuesday night.

“I had an inkling earlier but was very surprised,” Douglas said of the development.

Douglas said Gaiga did talk to him about supporting him. “I want to stay focused on my campaign so I’m going to leave that for Stacey to discuss.”

Call’s to Gaiga’s contact number were answered by Douglas’s voice on her answering machine confirming the move. “You’ve reached the voicemail for Stacey Gaiga,” Douglas’ voice said. “Yes, it’s true, I am supporting John Douglas for mayor,” Gaiga was heard to say. “John Douglas is the change Port Alberni is ready for.”

Emails to Gaiga were met with an autoreply: “I endorse John Douglas for mayor, signed Stacey Gaiga, November 8.”

Attempts to log onto Gaiga’s website has the same message and has a link to Douglas’ site.

The announcement didn’t phase mayoral candidate Ken McRae. “That’s life, nothing anyone does surprises me anymore,” he said. “People have high expectations.”

When asked if Gaiga stood a better chance if first running for council, McRae replied “You’ve got to be an apprentice before you become a journeyman.”

reporter@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Musical fundraiser in Port Alberni supports life after loss

Camp Kerry Society raising funds to provide grief and loss supports to children and youth

No ‘imminent’ health risks at McLean Mill, says medical health officer

Remediation costs for historic site raises concerns

Port Alberni resident assaulted after confronting thief

RCMP warn residents to call for police assistance

Butterflies released in Port Alberni in memory of loved ones

Alberni Valley Hospice Society hosts fourth annual ‘Butterfly Effect’

Overpass, barrier, more parking considered for Cathedral Grove

Provincial government proceeding ‘with caution’

VIDEO: Killer whale steals fisherman’s catch off North Coast

Fishing duel results in eager orca snagging salmon in Prince Rupert

Fate of accused in Canadian couple’s 1987 killings in jury’s hands

William Talbott’s lawyer says DNA doesn’t prove murder

PHOTOS: North Island home gutted in fire deemed ‘suspicious’

No injuries reported; firefighters prevented blaze from spreading

Child killed after being hit in driveway on Vancouver Island

The driver of the vehicle remained at the crash scene and is fully cooperating

Eating sandwiches, putting on makeup behind the wheel could land you a fine

RCMP say if you cause an accident while eating you could be penalized

Cat badly hurt in animal trap was likely stuck for days, B.C. owner says

Blu, a three-year-old house cat, suffered severe damage to his hind leg after being stuck in trap for days

Island Health issues safer drug-use tips ahead of music festival season

Health authority aims to reduce overdose risks at festivals

40 cats surrendered in apparent hoarding at B.C. home

Officers found the cats living among piles of garbage and feces, suffering from fleas

Most Read