Former mayor John Douglas plans to run for election in October. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Race for municipal seats starts in Port Alberni

Most politicians are undecided about October election

Port Alberni’s municipal election will take place in October of this year, but the race for seats has already started. While some politicians have already made public their intent to run for election, most are undecided.

John Douglas, who was elected mayor from 2011-2014, has made the decision to run for mayor again after a term away from council. He said there are “multifaceted reasons” behind his decision to run again, including the fact that he has been asked by a number of people to run for election.

”I found it very rewarding,” he said. “I felt that [our council] was just getting started. I’d like to be a part of helping Port Alberni move on in new directions.”

Douglas is hoping to increase community participation with the municipal government, and will be holding a town meeting at Char’s Landing on Tuesday, May 8.

“It’s just to give people an opportunity to provide their perspective,” he said. “It’s a place for people to come by and drop in to have face-to-face discussions and to generate some awareness and enthusiasm for municipal governance.”

This town meeting will be a casual “drop in when you can” event from 5-8 p.m.

Both councillors Dan Washington and Ron Paulson have also stated that they will be seeking re-election for another term in October.

Current Port Alberni mayor Mike Ruttan said he will be making a decision in the coming months.

“At this point I’m talking to people and assessing the level of support,” he said. “It’s not even May yet, and the election isn’t until October.”

Both councillors Chris Alemany and Denis Sauvé have stated that their primary focus is on their current council work, and they have not made any decisions at this time.

“I’m also always keen to encourage and support others to consider running,” added Alemany. “It’s a big decision.”

Councillors Jack McLeman and Sharie Minions are also currently undecided.

Minions added that she is “carefully considering” if she will be seeking a second term and in what capacity.

“Regardless of my decision, I am committed to staying in the community and contributing to making Port Alberni an even better place to live and work,” she added.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Celebrate cycling in Port Alberni during Bike to Work and School Week

Numerous ‘celebration stations’ are planned for May 28 to June 2

Ahousaht welcomes massive Surfrider Canada conference to Meares Island near Tofino

“It was the first time we’ve all come together.”

Alberni RCMP kept busy with 170 calls over May long weekend

Detachment answers calls from fatal vehicle crash to man with a gun, trailer thefts

Alberni pub owner kicks off new event for car lovers

Car enthusiast Helen Poon debuts Cars and Coffee on May 27

Chaos and creativity reign at Alberni’s Rollin Art Centre

The next art exhibit at the Rollin Art Centre will be an… Continue reading

Fuel truck crash closes B.C. highway, sends two to hospital

The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island is expected to be closed until Thursday evening

Media are not an arm of the police, Vice lawyer tells Supreme Court hearing

Ben Makuch challenges Ontario Court of Appeal ruling that he must give materials for stories to RCMP

B.C. launches plan to tackle doctor shortage, emergency room congestion

John Horgan aims to set up regional primary care networks in a ‘team-based’ approach

Vancouver, Squamish pipeline challenges dismissed by court in B.C.

Justice Christopher Grauer ruled the province’s decision to issue the certificate was reasonable

Early learning programs for Indigenous kids get $30M boost

B.C. government to help expand Aboriginal Head Start Association programs with three-year funding

Ferry sailing cancelled after ship’s second officer falls ill

Coastal Inspiration’s 8:15 p.m. sailing to Nanaimo on Tuesday cancelled, passengers to be compensated

B.C. man recounts intense rescue of couple caught in mudslide

Something told Dan Anderson to go back to the scene of a major mudslide on the long weekend.

The priciest home for sale in Canada: A $38M Vancouver penthouse

Canada’s luxury real estate: The top 10 most expensive properties for sale right now

Most Read