Courtenay mayoral candidates react to Frisch decision

Courtenay mayoral candidates react to Frisch decision

David Frisch aborts mayoral campaign, will seek re-election as councillor

David Frisch presented an early twist to the Courtenay election landscape Thursday, when he announced he was stepping down from the mayoralty race, and will instead seek a second term on council.

Frisch’s decision comes on the heels of Mayor Larry Jangula filing his own nomination papers at City Hall Wednesday afternoon.

With Frisch backing out, there are now three declared candidates for mayor – Jangula, Bob Wells, and Erik Eriksson.

RELATED: Frisch drops out of mayoral race; will seek second term as councillor

Frisch said Jangula’s decision to seek re-election played heavily into his own decision.

“Absolutely. My team and I were looking at numbers, and to be honest, we thought we had a really good shot, but we were getting the vibe back in May… and when it started becoming more apparent [that Jangula would run again] we thought we may end up splitting the progressive vote, because people do view Bob, Erik and myself as [similar],” he said Thursday morning.

Frisch did not take this decision lightly.

“It wasn’t easy. I feel that it’s a job that I do want, but at the same time, I don’t want to lose a bunch of progressive people. We need to work together, and this is a lesson I have learned. Even in provincial politics, with the collaboration between the Greens and the NDP, it makes all the difference in policy. Originally, we would just fight amongst ourselves on the left, and that’s kind of silly.”

Wells said he had heard rumours about Frisch possibly stepping down from the mayoral race, but knew nothing officially before being contacted by The Record. Wells said while he and Frisch do converse, there was no collusion between them, and the decision was solely Frisch’s.

“We do speak from time to time, and that topic had come up, but to me, first and foremost, I believe in democracy, so if David wants to run for mayor, I would say that’s his right,” said Wells. “I didn’t say ‘this is what we should do,’ but to be fair, I know there have been a lot of people asking that question, of myself, and I am sure of David as well.

“My conversations with David were more that I think there is a lot he can do as a councillor, and I would prefer to have him on my council, to move some of the items that we agree on moving forward.”

Eriksson was also unaware of Frisch’s decision before being contacted by The Record, but he wasn’t surprised at the turn of events.

“No not really,” said Eriksson. “I think he needs to develop more experience in government and I think other people have talked to him about that – I know I have expressed that.”

Eriksson said he thinks Frisch’s decision will help his own campaign.

“I think some of the people who might have supported David and some of his ideas are going to add to my campaign.”

Wells also believes he will benefit from Frisch’s decision.

“There are people who definitely would have voted for [either] David or me… and there would be some angst over who they would vote for. I think this will make it a much easier vote for folks. I think this creates a clear path.”

Mayor Jangula did not respond to an interview request.



terry.farrell@blackpress.ca

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

442 Transport and Rescue Squadron from 19 Wing Comox assisted in helping an injured hiker down from the top of Mt. Benson near Nanaimo Jan. 23. Photo by 19 Wing Comox
With video: 442 Squadron assists mid-Island mountain rescue

The crew on the Buffalo hand-launched 15 flares

Local musician and artist Daisy Melville created a watercolour portrait of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders from the recent American inauguration, and with help from her mom, is now selling t-shirts and more with funds going to the Comox Valley Food Bank. Image submitted
Comox Valley artist turns Sanders inauguration meme into art for good

All proceeds from the sale of shirts, sweaters and more will go to the Comox Valley Food Bank

Comox Valley medical clinics are all open, including the availability to book face-to-face care (i.e. for a physical examination) as per your clinic’s protocol (most clinics operate a “virtual care first” policy). ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Comox Valley doctors offer answers to local COVID health care questions

Public service announcement submitted by the Comox Valley Division of Family Practice

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

Artist Jim Holyoak’s installation “Quagmire.” Holyoak will be the first speaker for the Artist Talk Online Winter 2021 series. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
North Island College Artist Talk goes online for winter 2021

The series invites contemporary Canadian artists to speak about their professional practice

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Residents of the Cowichan Valley decorated more than 55 vehicles with anti-racist slogans for a car rally in support of Cowichan Tribes on Saturday, January 24. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Dozens join anti-racism car rally and virtual panel in Cowichan Valley

Provincial ministry and BC Green caucus issue joint statement detailing concerns

Jesse Savidant, 31, is wanted by the RCMP after failing to appear in provincial court in Nanaimo in December. Police warn Savidant should be considered violent. (Photo Submitted)
Warrant out for man accused of stolen property offences across Vancouver Island

Jesse Savidant did not appear for court date in Nanaimo last month, say RCMP

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is urging visitors to stay on designated trails after a hiker became injured in an unsanctioned area last week. (Westerly file photo)
Injured hiker rescued in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve

“Safety is everyone’s responsibility.”

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. Two more cases of the COVID-19 strain first identified in South Africa have been diagnosed in British Columbia, bringing the total to three as of Jan. 16.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. now has three cases of South African COVID-19 variant, six of U.K. strain

Both variants are thought to spread faster than earlier strains

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker in an undated photo from social media. The couple has been ticketed and charged under the Yukon’s <em>Civil Emergency Measures Act</em> for breaking isolation requirements in order to sneak into a vaccine clinic and receive Moderna vaccine doses in Beaver Creek. (Facebook/Submitted)
Great Canadian Gaming CEO resigns after being accused of sneaking into Yukon for vaccine

Rod Baker and Ekaterina Baker were charged with two CEMA violations each

Police discovered a makeshift nightclub in a Vancouver apartment on Jan. 23, 2021, and say it wasn’t the first time this month officers have been called to the unit over social gathering concerns. (Phil McLachlan - Capital News)
Doorman of makeshift ‘booze-can’ in Vancouver apartment fined; police look to court order

This marks the fourth complaint about social gatherings inside the apartment in January

Most Read