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Candidates step forward in St. Paul Education election

Ward B candidate Jan Rajoo and Glen Avon Ward candidate Dwight Wiebe declared by acclamation.
Jan Rajoo (left) has been acclaimed in Ward B. She will replace her husband, Ruven Rajoo who served two terms with St. Paul Education board.

ST. PAUL - Three wards within the St. Paul Education will see multiple candidates on the ballot during the upcoming election on Oct. 18, which coincides with the municipal election happening the same day.

On Tuesday, St. Paul Education released its official list of candidates.

Ward B, which takes in the Two Hills and Myrnam areas, will not see an election take place, as Jan Rajoo was the only candidate to put her name forward. She will replace her own husband, Ruven Rajoo, who served two terms (eight years) as a school board trustee. Ruven chose not to seek re-election.

The Glen Avon Ward, which takes in the Town of St. Paul and a small area surrounding the town, was vacant when the unofficial list was released on Monday, with former trustee Justin Anderson deciding not to seek re-election. And at first, no other candidate stepped forward.

As no nomination was received in the Glen Avon ward on Sept. 20, nominations for the ward were expected to stay open each day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., until a candidate - or candidates - had been nominated.

About 24 hours later, the position had been filled as a candidate originally set to run in Ward C decided to step forward. Incumbent Dwight Wiebe will fill the seat in the Glen Avon Ward. He has been acclaimed and is declared elected.

The Glen Avon Ward is made up of the Glen Avon Protestant 4 X 4 that existed prior to regionalization in 1995. Along with meeting the regular eligibility criteria set out in Sections 47 and 48 of the Local Authorities Election Act, Glen Avon Ward electors must be residents of the Glen Avon Ward and be of the Protestant faith. The division defines Protestant as a Christian who is not Roman Catholic.

Running in Ward C are candidates Lorette Andersen, Connie Landsiedel, and Sylvie Smyl. Ward C includes St. Paul and a large rural area around the community. This Ward will see two new trustees around the table, regardless of outcome, since Wiebe was the previously the only acting trustee for Ward C. Ward C is the only ward that elects two trustees.

Ward A, which is located on the eastern end of the region and includes Elk Point schools and the Heinsburg area, will see three names on the ballot, including incumbent Lorne Young. Running alongside Young is Connie Henderson and Darcy Younghans. 

In Ward D, which includes Ashmont and Mallaig, incumbent Heather Starosielski has put her name forward once again. Suzanne Stybel has also put her name forward to run in the division.

Janice Huser

About the Author: Janice Huser

Janice Huser has been with the St. Paul Journal since 2006. She is a graduate of the SAIT print media journalism program, is originally from St. Paul and has a passion for photography.
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