Courtenay mayor Larry Jangula is pictured during the council meeting on Jan.29, 2018. Photo by James Wood/98.9 The Goat/Vista Radio
COURTENAY, B.C- The current mayor of Courtenay has clarified his stance on an endorsement from a controversial group.
Larry Jangula, who is seeking re-election to the mayor’s seat in Courtenay, was included on a list of municipal government candidates endorsed by Culture Guard, a social conservative group that is opposed to British Columbia’s sexual orientation and gender identity resources. The resource is commonly known as SOGI 1 2 3.
The list included school trustees, mayoral candidates, and council candidates from across the province, including four school trustee candidates in Campbell River and communities in the Lower Mainland.
Reports have indicated that some of the candidates on the list have expressed surprise and disagreement about being included.
The MyComoxValleyNow.com newsroom reached out to Jangula to get his viewpoint on the endorsement on Tuesday.
When told about the endorsement, Jangula stated he did not know who the group were, that he did not ask for their endorsement, and the endorsement had nothing to do with him or the local election.
He indicated he was not aware of the group’s stances, beyond that their goals involved education.
“It’s got nothing to do with me,” said Jangula.
Another local schoolboard candidate, Terence Purden, was included on the list.
“I would say that that got on there by mistake,” said Purden, in an earlier interview.
“I did go to a meeting of people that were talking about that, but I never wanted to be a part of their advertising campaign. I’m not against them, I’m not for them. If I was running as a candidate, I wouldn’t be backing the dispute about SOGI. But certainly, I would have an interest and things to say about it at a later date, but certainly not now.”
Purden has since dropped out of the race, though his name will remain on the ballot.
Voting takes place on October 20th.