Thirteen candidates are vying for nine school trustee positions in Nanaimo this November.
Six of the people running for a spot on the school board are incumbents – Donna Allen, Nelson Allen, Jamie Brennan, David Murchie, Dot Neary and Sharon Welch.
Trustee Andrea Bonkowski is running for Electoral Area A director on the Regional District of Nanaimo board and trustees Carol McNamee and Ron Dale have bowed out of the race.
Former school trustee TerryLynn Saunders, who ran for a position on Nanaimo city council last election, returns to the education beat.
Other candidates include Bill Bard, a local businessman who ran for school trustee in 1999; Nancy Curley, a labour relations officer with the B.C. Ferry and Marine Workers Union and a vice-president with the Nanaimo, Duncan and District Labour Council; Kim Howland, former president of both Nanaimo’s District Parent Advisory Council and the B.C. Confederation of Parent Advisory Councils; Rosmy Jean Louis, a Vancouver Island University economics professor and trustee with the North Cedar Improvement District; Bill Robinson, founder of the Hidden Heroes Education Society; and Noah Routley, a program coordinator with the Canadian Mental Health Association.