LPSD byelection candidates confirmed


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March 24, 2015 8:15 AM

Lloydminster voters will choose between candidates self-described as a homemaker, a stay-at-home mom and a retired accountant as their newest Lloydminster Public School Division (LPSD) board member.

Cheryl Ross, Chrissy Davison and Walter Hardy, respectively, have been confirmed as the three candidates for the upcoming LPSD byelection to fill the trustee seat vacated by MLA Colleen Young. The position has been empty since Nov. 13, 2014.

There were no disqualified candidates and nobody withdrew their nomination.

“Having at least three candidates shows that there’s interest in providing service to the local school board, so that’s a good thing,” said director of legislative services Beth Kembel.

Two of the candidates submitted their paperwork to city hall on March 16, while one form was filed on March 18, the day the documentation was due. Kembel says her office generally receives applications closer to deadline.

The candidates have from now until voting day to campaign for the LPSD position. Kembel says the prospective trustees must follow the proper procedures and be vigilant of byelection bylaws.

“On election day you can’t be standing in front of the polling station handing out buttons saying ‘Vote for me.’ That’s not allowed,” Kembel said. “If they’re putting signs up throughout the city, they have to abide by the sign bylaw. They also have to make sure that there is identification on each sign saying who put it up and who to contact about it.”

LPSD byelection nomination forms are public information and can be found at the legislative services office at city hall or at the LPDS office.

Election day is April 22. Voting will take place at Barr Colony School from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Advanced polls will be open on April 16 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the front lobby of city hall.

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