Pieces are falling into place for Chilliwack's November school board by-election.
City council appointed a chief elections officer Tuesday, and two candidates have already announced their intention to duke it out for a seat at the board table.
Dan Coulter, a mature UFV student and president of the Chilliwack-Hope BC NDP constituency association, was the first to announce his bid to the Times last Wednesday.
One week later, District Parent Advisory Council vice-president Corey Neyrinck threw his hat into the ring.
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 a 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.
Neyrinck came to Chilliwack in 2007 for a job at Stream.
A father of three, he has been active on the McCammon elementary PAC since
2008 and is going into his third year as chair.
This will be his second year as vicepresident of DPAC. The 27-year-old Neyrinck has been working as a shift manager at Five Guys Burger and Fries since January and believes his youth would be an asset at the board table.
"They're not as young as they used to be," Neyrinck said of Chilliwack's current trustees.
"They need that younger perspective to connect with all the younger parents because kindergarten parents are getting younger and younger every year."
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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