Simons back in contention for school, council seats

Three seats in the Stettler region will be contested in the Clearview School Division, while three other seats have been secured ...

Three seats in the Stettler region will be contested in the Clearview School Division, while three other seats have been secured by acclamation.

Nomination day was Monday, and the election is set for Oct. 21.

Stettler Ward (3) incumbent Peter Simons and newcomers Staci Gerlitz and Dave Goodwin are vying for two seats.

Again, Simons will seek to maintain his seats on Clearview and as councillor for the Town of Stettler.

For the area of Erskine and Donalda (Ward 1), Patricia Standage challenges incumbent trustee Cheri Neitz of Erskine.

Down in the Botha, Gadsby, Byemoor area (Ward 4), incumbent Rhonda Maginn faces former trustee John Schofer, who is also seeking a seat on County of Stettler council for Byemoor-Endiang.

Unchallenged in their wards, Yvette Cassidy will continue to serve Big Valley after 11 years, while in the east, Karen Holloway will still represent Castor after 15 years, as will board chairman Ken Checkel in Coronation after 15 years.

“We are encouraging residents of Town of Stettler and in the County of Stettler to help choose the community members who will serve on the board of trustees by casting a ballot for school trustee when they vote in the upcoming Oct. 21 election,” returning officer Peter Neale said in a news release.

He said voting for school board trustees on election day “is important because the school board makes decisions that affect the community’s economic, social and cultural life.”

Neale said the board annually manages more than 31 million in tax dollars, employs over 450 people and is responsible for the care and education of more than 2,400 school-aged children.

“Our policies and decisions have a tremendous impact on the local community, whether residents have children in school or not. That’s why it’s important to hear from the whole community at the ballot box.”

For further information on the election or polling location, visit www.clearview.ab.ca.

Catholic board

With all seven incumbents on the East Central Alberta Catholic school board acclaimed, Duane Austin represents Stettler, after Chris Nichols decided to bow out.

Rob Nichols remains on board to represent Castor and Halkirk.

Out north in the Battle River School Division, Bashaw area incumbent Kendall Severson of Camrose County South was returned by acclamation.

 

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