Public voters offered largest slate since 1995
Red Deer Public School District voters will have the biggest field of candidates to choose from in nearly 20 years when they head to the polls next month.
Fourteen candidates filed their nomination papers on Monday, which represents the largest slate since 1995, when there were also 14 names on the ballot. In 2010 there were 11 people seeking the seven spots on the public board; in 2007 there were only eight.
For the first time, terms will be four years instead of the previous three.
Eight men and six women are in the running this time around. Among current trustees, only Lawrence Lee, who has entered the city council race, is not running for re-election.
Graphic designer Bev Manning, 56, was first elected in 1995 and will be seeking a seventh term as a trustee. Bill Stuebing is also after a seventh term on the board. The 69-year-old is a sociology instructor at Red Deer College.
Retired B.C. government manager Bill Christie is back seeking a second mandate. Christie, 66, was first elected to the Red Deer Public board in 2010, but had previously spent 25 years as a trustee in B.C.
Dick Lemke, 70, operates Jaguar Jackets and is a former schoolteacher. He is running for the fourth time, having been elected in 2004 and again in 2010 after he narrowly missed out on a seat in 2007.
Dianne Macaulay, 45, is seeking a fourth term on the board. This will be her sixth time running.
Two-term incumbent Cathy Peacocke is running for a fourth time. The 55-year-old has worked full-time as a trustee since first being elected in 2007.
Among the eight other candidates are five first-timers and one former longtime trustee.
Shari Hanson, 44, a community development officer with the provincial government is on the ballot for the first time. Kerri Kenworthy, 35, a part-time school bus driver, also is taking her first crack at trusteeship.
Lianne Kruger is taking a second run at being a trustee. The 53-year-old computer software instructor at Red Deer College finished ninth of 11 candidates in 2010.
Ben Ordman, 46, is a first time candidate for school board. A supervisor at a restoration company who has worked in education, Ordman is also running for city council.
Kurt Spady, 30, is the youngest candidate in the race. Running for a first time, Spady is a senior planner with Alberta Health Services and owns and operates Avason Consulting Corp.
Jim Watters, a gas fitter, wants to get back to school board governance. The 58-year-old, who served as a trustee from 1998-2010, ran unsuccessfully for city council in the last municipal election.
Retired teacher and former business owner Milt Williams is throwing his hat into the ring for the first time in 30 years. Williams, 63, taught in the district for 24 years, retiring from the classroom earlier this year.
Former auto dealership owner Ray Yaworski, 56, is running for a first time.