On December 18 former Mayor Herb Pond confirmed his intention to seek out the North Coast nomination of the B.C. Liberal party in the 2009 provincial election, having passed the initial requirements to seek the candidacy set out by the party and the riding association.
â€œIt is something that has been coming for a while. In my role as Mayor I have seen what can happen when the riding is well represented and has a good connection with government. I look at major projects the city could take on, like better access to the airport and road connections to Lax Kwâ€™alaams and Metlakatla, and think about how successful weâ€™re going to be if weâ€™re not well represented in government,â€