And, they’re off!

There will be two contested mayor's chairs in the upcoming election — one in Port Hardy and the other in Port McNeill

There will be two contested mayor’s chairs in the upcoming election — one in Port Hardy and the other in Port McNeill — however, Port Alice already acclaimed a first-time mayor while a slate of political rookies will run for council in that village.

In Port McNeill, Coun. Shelley Downey has taken on the task of trying to unseat long-time Mayor Gerry Furney.

As well, seven candidates — including a pair of incumbents — will run for four councillors’ chairs.

In Port Hardy, it’s new wave versus old school when former mayor Russ Hellberg attempts to wrest his old job from incumbent Mayor Bev Parnham.

Three incumbents are in a field of nine are vying for six councillor positions.

And when Port Alice finally filed its slate of candidates Monday afternoon, it was learned only one person, Jan Allen, applied for the mayor’s job and was immediately acclaimed.

There are, however, seven candidates vying for four councillors seats, with only one incumbent looking for another term.

At the regional level, Electoral Area A’s Heidi Soltau, Philip Wainwright representing Area B and Area D’s Dave Rushton were all acclaimed to the Mount Waddington Regional District board.

Area C incumbent Dir. Norm Prince will have to battle two others if he is to keep his seat at the table.

As well, there are 11 candidates who’ll be campaigning for seven chairs at School 85’s board.

Here are all the candidates running in the 2011 municipal elections — incumbents (I) in parenthethis:


Port Hardy:

Nine for six council seats and two for mayor


• Russ Hellberg

• Bev Parnham (I)

For council:

• Jamaine Campbell

• Janet Dorward

• Jessie Hemphill

• Al Huddlestan (I)

• Rick Marcotte

• Eric Ralph (I)

• Nikki Shaw (I)

• John Tidbury

• Alan Wickens


Port McNeill

Seven for four council seats and two for mayor


• Shelley Downey

• Gerry Furney (I)

For council:

• Shirley Ackland (I)

• Grant Anderson

• Tasos Baroutis

• Jessica Eissfeldt

• Chris Sharpe

• Miles Trevor

• Gaby Wickstrom (I)


Port Alice

Seven for four council seats and one for mayor


• Jan Allen (Acclaimed)

For council:

• Marc Brackett

• Janice MacLeod

• Russell Murray

• Scott Roberts

• David Stewart

• Elizabeth Thompson

• Don Vye (I)


Alert Bay

Six for four council seats, one for mayor


• Michael Berry  (Acc)

For council:

• Douglas Aberley  (I)

• Casey Chapman  (I)

• Kane Gordon

• Kim Mercer

• Waarne Thomas

• Wendy White



Five for four council seats and one for mayor


• Edward Lewis (Acc)

For council:

• Debra Brown  (I)

• Jeff Coburn (I)

• Julie Colborne (I)

• Donnie Cox (I)

• Michele Thibeault


Mount Waddington Regional District

Seven for four directors’ seats

• Diane Dillon C

• Andrew Hory C

• Norm Prince C (I)

• Dave Rushton D Acc

• Rod Sherrell  C

• Heidi Soltau A Acc

• Philip Wainwright B Acc


School District 85

Eleven for for seven trustee seats

• Jeff Field — Port Hardy

• Ann Hory — Port Hardy

• Werner Manke — Port McNeill

• Diane Dillon — Western Zone

• Lawrie Garrett — Eastern Zone

• Eric Hunter — Alert Bay

• Carol Prescott — Port Alice

• Danita Schmidt — Western Zone

• Michael Schnurr — Western Zone

• Rod Sherrell — Eastern Zone

• Leightan Wishart — Port Hardy