There will be races for five of the nine positions on the Kootenay Lake school board. Four other trustees have been acclaimed.

Slocan Valley school trustee acclaimed

School District 8: There won’t be a race for school trustee in the Slocan Valley/Bonnington electoral area after all.

There won’t be a race for school trustee in the Slocan Valley/Bonnington electoral area after all.

Originally incumbent Sheri Walsh and newcomer Sharon Nazaroff both filed papers for the position. However, on Wednesday Walsh took her name out of the race in support of Nazaroff.

“I have complete confidence in Sharon’s abilities to be an effective trustee for SD8 and to represent the communities of the Slocan Valley and Bonnington,” she said.

“I filled a need on the school board for the past two years and am ready to return to working with the district parent advisory council while my daughter still attends high school.

“I have enjoyed my time as a trustee and hope that I have fairly represented the communities in the Slocan Valley and Bonnington and have helped the work of the school district in providing high quality public education in SD8.”

Walsh won a November 2012 by-election after Barb Lindsay resigned to travel overseas.

There will still be races in Nelson/Bealby Point, East Shore/North Shore and rural Creston. In Nelson, incumbent Bill Maslechko faces Curtis Bendig and Bob Abrahams for the two available seats.

Incumbent Lenora Trenaman faces a challenge from Reanne Gow to represent the North and East Shores of Kootenay Lake.

There are also four candidates for two seats in rural Creston.

Three other trustees have been elected by acclamation: Bob Wright for Salmo, Taghum, and Blewett, incumbent Dawn Lang for Kaslo, and Creston trustee Heather Suttie.

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