Realtor Richard Hughes' plan to once again run as the provincial New Democrat candidate in Malahat-Juan de Fuca has fallen victim to a lawsuit. Earlier, we reported a Cobblestone compositing company had alledged, as part of a lawsuit against Mr. Hughes, that the former Cowichan Valley Regional District director tried to hit the firm up for kickbacks. Mr. Hughes has denied any wrongdoing. But, in an email sent to supporters two days ago, he acknowledged those allegations would prevent him from campaigning in the next election. However, that's good news for Premier Dan Miller's chief of staff John Horgan, who has been considering seeking a nomination in Malahat-Juan de Fuca.
July 23, 2004