By-election to be held in Port

  • Dec. 9, 2009 6:00 a.m.

Port Clements residents will be heading to the polls sometime this spring to elect a new council member, following the resignation of Naureen Hughes-McMullon due to health reasons. Ms Hughes-McMullon, who was first elected to council a year ago, sent an emailed letter of resignation Nov. 23. Council members regretfully accepted her resignation when they met Monday night (Dec. 7). A by-election will likely be held April 10, said administrator Heather Nelson-Smith. Ms Hughes-McMullon told the Observer she very much enjoyed her time on council and would not be resigning unless it was absolutely necessary. “It saddens me to have to leave,” she said. “I’m going to miss it.” She said she was disappointed that she was not able to accomplish what she wanted during her one year on council: to improve BC Ferries and Canada Post service to the islands. She hopes that whoever replaces her will continue the fight. Canada Post, she said, seems to have adopted a strategy of ignoring the islands and it’s important not to let that happen.