Trustee races begin

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Some 23 people have stepped up to run for St. Albert and Sturgeon school trustee this fall, and that’s still not enough to fill all the seats that are available.

St. Albert Public, Greater St. Albert Catholic and Sturgeon Public Schools posted their candidate lists for trustee Monday after nominations closed.

Running for the five-seat St. Albert Public board are incumbents Kim Armstrong, Cheryl Dumont, Glenys Edwards, and Sheri Wright, up against challengers Stanley Haroun, Marcus Hoople and Calli Stromner.

Noreen Radford and Réne Tremblay were acclaimed as the Catholic trustees for the Morinville ward. In Legal, Jodi-Lynn Champagne has put her name up against incumbent Cathy Proulx.

Four seats are open in the St. Albert Catholic ward. Incumbents Joe Becigneul, Joan Crockett and Serena Shaw are up against Brigitte Cecelia, Austin Gerein and Greg Schell.

The Gazette was not able to reach Hoople, Champagne, Cecelia, Gerein or Schell as of press time, but will try to have profiles on them later this week.

Sturgeon needs candidates

Sturgeon Public School Division was in the unusual position of not having enough candidates to fill its board as of Monday.

Incumbents Misty Featherley, Terry Jewell and Liz Kohle have been acclaimed trustees for the Morinville, Gibbons/Lamoureux and Bon Accord/Legal wards, respectively, while Tasha Oatway-McLay was acclaimed trustee of Cardiff/Garrison. Janine Pequin and Lynn Shaw will run against each other in Redwater/Coronado.

As of Monday, no one had stepped forward to run in the Alcomdale/Villeneuve and Sturgeon Valley/West St. Albert wards.

Sturgeon Schools will continue to accept nominations for those wards from 10 a.m. to noon weekdays until Sept. 25, said Nisha Patel, executive assistant to returning officer Iva Paulik. If they still don’t get any candidates, the matter will go before Education Minister David Eggen for resolution.

Any Canadian citizen who is 18 or older and has lived in either of these wards for the last six months can run for these vacant seats, Patel said. Candidates cannot work for a school district or school on nomination day (unless they take a leave of absence), can’t be the Sturgeon School board’s auditor, and can’t have been convicted under provincial or federal election law in the last 10 years.

Candidates can pick up their nomination forms at the Frank Robinson Education Centre at 9820-104 Street in Morinville. Call Paulik at 780-939-4341 for details.

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Kevin Ma joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2006. He writes about Sturgeon County, education, the environment, agriculture, science and aboriginal affairs. He also contributes features, photographs and video.