The ink is barely dry on the Chilliwack school board’s bylaw for a November byelection to replace one of its trustees, and a prospective candidate has already popped out of the woodwork.
Dan Coulter, a mature UFV student and president of the Chilliwack-Hope BC NDP constituency association, told the Times Wednesday he intends to take another shot at a school board seat.
Coulter came in eighth in a race for seven school board seats in the last provincewide municipal elections in November 2011.
He captured 2,120 votes and was edged out by trustee Doug McKay by only 384 ballots.
A former welder and millwright, Coulter’s career in the trades was cut short by workplace accident in 1999.
He started his Bachelor of Arts at UFV in 2008, and he told the Times in 2011 that his combined experience with trades training and university education is the most important asset he would bring to the school board table.
The Nov. 30 byelection is being held to replace former school board chair Louise Piper who resigned last month.
The nomination period runs from Oct. 15 to Oct. 25.
During that time, would-be candidates can go to the corporate services department at city hall and pick up a nomination package.
In the meantime, they can round up two eligible voters willing to nominate them.
During the 2011 provincewide municipal elections, Chilliwack's trustee ballot boasted 24 candidates, the most in the province.
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