Former provincial New Democrat MLA Bill Goodacre failed to win his Bulkley Valley-Stikine nomination bid yesterday, after being knocked off on the first ballot. Instead, the nod went to Hazelton village councillor Doug Donaldson, who beat out retired school teacher Wes Giesbrecht on the third ballot, 69 votes to 65. Barber Klaus Mueller was also competing for the nomination.
Meanwhile, in the riding of North Coast, New Democrats chose former Prince Rupert Teachers' Association president Gary Coons as their election candidate. Mr. Coons trumped North West Metis Association president Gloria Rendell and Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 105 president Russell Wiens on the first ballot.
Candidates acclaimed this weekend include Port Moody city councillor Karen Rockwell (Port Moody-Westwood), Chinese media commentator Gabriel Yiu (Burnaby-Willingdon) and Bel-Air Taxi Group general manager Ted Allen (Surrey-Cloverdale).