Nomination period for SD 62 byelection closes with one candidate

Nomination period for SD 62 byelection closes with one candidate

Only one candidate has put her name forward for the Sooke School District (SD 62) byelection.

Christine Lervold stands as the only candidate and will likely be acclaimed to the position.

Lervold ran in the 2022 election, and was the runner-up for the Belmont Zone, receiving 4,672 votes, just behind Cendra Beaton who received 4,830 votes.

She announced her candidacy alongside Ravi Parmar and Russ Chipps, both of whom were elected to the school board.

Parmar was elected as MLA for Langford-Juan de Fuca, replacing former Premier John Horgan, leaving the seat vacant.

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Now, with only Lervold putting her name forward, there is a one week period where someone can challenge her nomination on the grounds she is not eligible to hold the position, or she may withdraw her own name. If one week passes without either of those happening, she will be acclaimed to the role.

Lervold is a mother of two recent Belmont grads, a former SD 62 student, teacher and public servant, and now runs a technology consulting company, providing service transformation planning and advisory services within large scale, complex organizations.

“Education is the foundation of our future, and I am committed to ensuring that every child receives a quality education that prepares them for success in life,” Lervold said in a news release announcing her candidacy.

“The Sooke School District has a tradition of being a place where students and staff flourish – I want to continue the legacy by bringing my lived experience and a fresh perspective as a school trustee to the board table.”

Lervold said she plans to prioritize student well-being, support educators, promote transparency and actively engage with parents and the community to create a positive and forward-looking educational system.

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