The next reign of local leaders are expected to be named Saturday night, as the Alberni Valley’s 2022 municipal election gets underway.
In the City of Port Alberni, two candidates are running for the position of mayor, as newcomer Tom Verbrugge is running against incumbent Sharie Minions. There are 21 candidates vying for seats on city council.
Meanwhile, in the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District, seven candidates are running for three vacant seats in Cherry Creek, Sproat Lake and Beaver Creek.
Both city and ACRD residents can also vote for School District 70 trustees in this election. There are nine candidates running for six seats, including five incumbents.
Polls are open in the Alberni Valley from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
Where city residents can vote:
Alberni Athletic Hall
3727 Roger Street, Port Alberni, B.C.
Where ACRD residents can vote:
Bamfield Fire Hall
352 Pachena Road, Bamfield, B.C.
Harold Bishop Fire Hall
7667 Pacific Rim Highway, Port Alberni, B.C.
Beaver Creek Fire Hall
6038 Beaver Creek Road, Port Alberni, B.C.
Cherry Creek Fire Hall
3720 Moore Road, Port Alberni, B.C.
Who you can vote for:
What happens once polls close?
After 8 p.m. local time, election officials will begin counting and tallying the ballots. The results are expected to be released later tonight.