You could say it runs in the family.

Darren Blaney was elected Chief of the Homalco First Nation Monday night. He’s the husband of North Island-Powell River Member of Parliament Rachel Blaney.

He says he’s happy with the outcome of the election and believes the community is excited about his tenure. The Blaneys’ 19-year-old son, Henry, also ran for council but was not elected.

“The community is excited about the change that we’ll be bringing and the accountability that we’ll bring,” he says.

Chief Blaney says he’ll be focused on “economic development, accountability and building relationships with the broader community of Campbell River.” He added they also have to look at issues like fish farming in their territory and providing support for youth and elders.