For the second consecutive election, seven candidates will seek to fill the five city seats on the Red Deer Catholic Regional School Division board.
In 2004 there were eight candidates, while in 2001 there were 10.
Four incumbents will seek successive terms on the board.
Retired teacher David Bouchard, 60, is running again. He was elected in his first attempt in 2010.
Current board chair and two-term incumbent Adriana LaGrange is seeking another mandate. LaGrange, 52, is a rehabilitative practitioner who farms full time.
Guy Pelletier was elected in 2010 as a first-time candidate. The 47-year-old works for Melcor Developments as its vice president for the Red Deer region.
Anne Marie Watson, 45, is also standing for reelection. The marketing and events coordinator at the Red Deer College library won a seat in her third attempt in the 2010 election.
The only incumbent not running again is Elaine Halter, who had served five terms as a trustee.
New challengers are Murray Hollman, Cory Litzenberger, and Brandie Towers. Litzenberger, an accountant and financial planner, is running for a first time at age 36.
Towers, 32, is a stay-at-home mom running for the first time. Hollman could not be reached on Monday.
Outside of Red Deer, elections will not be needed for both rural trustee positions on the board.
Liam McNiff, 67, was acclaimed in the ward for Rocky Mountain House, Caroline, Eckville and Sylvan Lake for a second consecutive time. This will be the retired teacher’s fourth term on the board, having served between 2001 and 2007 and in the most recent three-year period.
Another incumbent, Diane MacKay, 56, was acclaimed in the ward including Innisfail, Bowden, Olds and Didsbury. She will serve a third term, having defeated electoral challengers in 2007 and 2010.