Election 2014: School board hopefuls add names to ballot

Twenty-three candidates will be vying for nine trustee spots on the Nanaimo school district board in the upcoming civic election.

Twenty-three candidates will be vying for nine trustee spots on the Nanaimo school district board in the upcoming civic election.

Of the current nine trustees, Bill Bard, Jamie Brennan, Nancy Curley, Kim Howland, Dot Neary, Bill Robinson, TerryLynn Saunders and Sharon Welch will be seeking re-election. Trustee Donna Allen will not seek another term, but her husband Nelson Allen, who has previous experience as a trustee, has thrown his hat in the ring.

Current school district parent advisory committee president Alana Cameron’s name is on the candidate list.

Nanoose band councillor Natasha Bob, who was seeking the Nanaimo-Ladysmith federal NDP nomination, is also seeking to become a trustee in the school district.

The Save Cedar Schools Coalition, which has voiced opposition to the school district’s 10-year enhanced facilities plan, has three organizing committee members seeking to join the school board – Stephanie Higginson, Steve Rae and Scott Kimler.

Jeff Solomon, spokesperson for the Colliery Dam Preservation Society, has his eye on one of the nine positions.

Rosmy Jean Louis not only has his name on the school district ballot but is also vying for the Area A directorship for the Regional District of Nanaimo.

Mark Robinson, who recently withdrew from the City of Nanaimo mayor’s race, is now running for the school board.

Other candidates include Tania Brzovic, Patti Grand, Catherine Morley, Lucy Oxman, Noah Routley and Bill Windley.

For more coverage on school district board, Regional District of Nanaimo and the City of Nanaimo elections, go to www.nanaimobulletin.com/municipalelection. Candidate profiles will be posted in the coming weeks.

General voting day for Nanaimo’s civic election, and other municipalities across the province, is Nov. 15.

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