Alicia La Rue held her first “meet and greet” as the new political candidate for the BC Green Party in the Mid Island-Pacific Rim riding last Wednesday.
She held the social at Char’s Landing, where she spoke to interested members about their questions and concerns regarding the upcoming election. She also talked about her own plans for the campaign.
“I want to keep conversations going,” she said. “The community will lead me. I’m just a follower.”
She jokingly referred to the election as “four months of a job interview.”
La Rue plans to hold a lot of her campaign events in Port Alberni as a central “hub” of the Mid Island-Pacfic Rim area, which also includes Tofino, Ucluelet, Royston, Cumberland, Union Bay, Fanny Bay, and Denman and Hornby Islands, but she does plan to visit the other cities and municipalities in her riding.
“Over the hump we’re about 24,000,” she said. “And that’s about 12,000 with outside communities. I’m going to be doing a lot of engaging with people.”
She plans to hold coffee shop socials during the day and evening socials, preferably once every two or three weeks.
“I love this area and I’m excited to see the potential for this area,” she said. “I think the Green Party has a huge opportunity for Port Alberni.”
La Rue admitted that she was hesitant when she was first approached about running, but after doing some research on the party, she learned that their policies are really well-rounded.
“They get the grasp of community and working together, which is something that this town shares.”