Expect lots of new faces on Winnipeg school boards
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This article was published 17/09/2014 (3117 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
City school boards are in for major changes after the Oct. 22 election — not in recent memory have so many incumbent school trustees not stood for re-election.
The upheaval will be most severe in the province’s largest school division, where only three incumbents are among 29 candidates chasing nine Winnipeg School Division seats.
Across the city there are 110 candidates registered for the 52 urban seats in the six main city divisions for the Oct. 22 election. The full list is available at http://winnipeg.ca/clerks/election/election2014/NominatedCandidatesSchoolTrustee.stm.
Additionally, there are two candidates for the West St. Paul seat in Seven Oaks and three contenders for the East St. Paul seat in River East Transcona.
WSD’s decision to switch from three three-seat wards to nine single-seat wards attracted almost double the 15 candidates in 2010.
Two other Winnipeg residents and veteran trustees, Wendy Bloomfield and Greg Reid, are among the four candidates for three seats in the Ward 1 area of Seine River, a rural division which includes the St. Norbert area of Winnipeg.
And five candidates are vying for the four urban seats in the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine, which goes to the polls Oct. 15.
Only 35 incumbents are seeking re-election across the city, the largest contingent of retirements of veterans in recent memory.
Not running for re-election as a school trustee are incumbents Wayne Ruff and Gary Gervais, Louis Riel; Gail Watson, Sue Clayton, and Jacquie Field in Pembina Trails; Robert Fraser, George Marshall, and Greg Proch (the East St. Paul seat), River East Transcona; Bill McGowan, Seven Oaks; Bryan Metcalfe, St. James-Assiniboia; and Suzanne Hrynyk, Anthony Ramos, Kristine Barr, Darlyne Bautista, Jackie Sneesby, and Rita Hildahl, Winnipeg.
Two seats are also vacant because of the deaths earlier this year of trustees Ric de la Cruz in Seven Oaks and Shirley Timm-Rudolph in River East Transcona.
The 2010 school board elections drew only 96 candidates in Winnipeg, the fewest since the 2002 amalagamations of school divisions, and there were six acclamations in Louis Riel and Seven Oaks.