SD46: Three trustee candidates bow out

Two candidates have withdrawn their names as candidates for School District No. 46 Board of Education trustee while another has expressed his desire to withdraw.

As of Sept. 21, Christopher August withdrew his candidacy for the office of school trustee for Area 3, Lower Coast, comprising the Town of Gibsons and Sunshine Coast Regional District Areas D, E and F.

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Four candidates are still running for the three trustee positions available in the area: Sue Girard, Stacia Leech, Charlene Penner and incumbent Pammila Ruth.

Area 1, Upper Coast also lost a candidate. Kathryn Love withdrew her candidacy as of Sept. 20. That left Samantha Haines and Darren Inkster, though that race may also dwindle down to an acclamation.

On Oct. 3, SD46 chief election officer Nicholas Weswick confirmed with Coast Reporter that Inkster, who is also running for re-election as a Sechelt councillor, has asked that his candidacy be withdrawn. The district has requested ministerial approval to do so, since Inkster’s request was made after the deadline to withdraw. In an email to Coast Reporter, Inkster stated, “Being a trustee will restrict some employment and volunteer opportunities.”

Upper Coast includes Halfmoon Bay, Pender Harbour/Egmont and Sechelt Indian Government District band lands. 

The candidates in Area 2, Central Coast, won by acclamation.

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