Port Alberni voters packed the Italian Hall this week for a pair of all-candidates meetings.
On Wednesday night, 17 of 20 city council candidates were grilled on issues around farm markets, regional amalgamation, McLean Mill, and the overdose prevention site.
Last night the 6 mayoral candidates faced similar pressures, and talked transparency, beautification, affordable housing, and industrial lands.
The All-candidate meetings were sponsored by the Alberni Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Port Alberni District Labour Council, and Chamber Executive Director Bill Collette said he was happy to hear questions and comments about the return of the cruise ships this coming summer, and confirmed the Chamber will be taking the lead on many related projects along with the city.
He said 250 people came out for the Wednesday meeting, and 300 people packed the hall to hear from those hoping to be elected Mayor.
The meetings will be broadcast on SHAW-TV starting Wednesday next week.