A half-dozen candidates will square off in next month's Chilliwack school board byelection.
Nominations for the Nov. 30 election closed Friday, and election signs have begun to pop up around the city.
Since local parent and small business owner Ben Besler announced his bid last week, two more candidates have joined the fray-neither one a stranger to municipal elections.
Longtime School District No. 33 teacher Harold Schmidt will take his second kick at the school board can.
Schmidt was second runner up in the 2011 provincewide election, garnering 1,924 votes-196 behind Dan Coulter (also running in this byelection) and 580 behind trustee Doug McKay.
Rob Stelmaschuk will make his first bid for a trustee spot after two unsuccessful attempts at Chilliwack city council.
Stelmaschuk came in 19th out of 20 candidates in the 2011 election and 18th out of 19 candidates in 2008.
The byelection is being held to replace former school board chair Louise Piper who resigned in August for medical reasons.
Other candidates include District Parent Advisory Council vice-president Corey Neyrinck and another former school board candidate, Karen Jarvis.
Advanced voting will take place Nov. 20 and 27 at city hall (8550 Young Rd.) On byelection day, voters can cast ballots at Cultus Lake community school, Chilliwack middle, Rosedale traditional community school and Sardis elementary.
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