UPDATED: Kootenay Lake school district: Bendig and Maslechko elected

School District 8: Curtis Bendig and Bill Maslechko will represent Nelson on the Kootenay Lake school board.

Curtis Bendig and Bill Maslechko will represent Nelson on the Kootenay Lake school board.

Curtis Bendig and Bill Maslechko will represent Nelson on the Kootenay Lake school board.

Bendig, who ran unsuccessfully in 2011, topped the polls this time with 2,090 votes. Multi-term incumbent and former district superintendent Maslechko had 1,872.

Bob Abrahams finished third with 1,209.

“Throughout the entire campaign I received tremendous support and encouragement from all across Nelson,” Bendig said. “I am very honoured by the results. I look forward to working with the new board and the community to keep our public education system strong and vibrant.”

Maslechko said he was glad to be re-elected and thanked his supporters.

“I want everyone to know if there are any concerns, I’m open and receptive to hear them,” he said. “My focus at the board table will be spending our budget in a way that best meets the needs of our students.”

Abrahams said the campaign was a “good experience.”

“Considering I ran a one man campaign, I am pleased with the number of people who supported me,” he said. “I met some wonderful people. I hope in the coming four years, the board of education will put the concerns of the students first, rather than run the board like a business.”

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