This October, there will be a municipal election where the citizens of Calgary will get to vote for their Mayor, City Councillor and School Board Trustee. While trustees are obligated to serve in the best interests of the entire city, and not just the city wards in which they are elected, trustees do spend a considerable amount of time in their constituencies visiting schools, attending events and going to school council meetings.
I will forever be grateful to the residents of Wards 6 & 7 who elected me as their public school board trustee in 2013. Throughout the past three and a half years, I have worked with many families and community members who care deeply about the education of students in our city and who have worked tirelessly to advocate on their behalf.
Thus, it is with mixed feelings that I have been telling my school councils, and others who have asked, that I will not be running again in Wards 6 & 7 due to the ward boundary changes recently made by the City of Calgary. When I ran in 2013, all of my children were attending school in Ward 7 and I lived almost perfectly between the two wards (which do not share a common boundary). With the boundary changes, my children will now be attending school in the new Wards 2 and 4. Ward 7 has also shifted significantly further away from where I live.
Over the past few years, I have met many wonderful people in Wards 6 & 7 who would make excellent trustees, but who expressed reluctance to run against me or to run in an area in which they did not live. I have no doubt that come October, the residents of Wards 6 & 7 will have the opportunity to vote for candidates who are well qualified and deeply committed to making public education in Calgary the best it can be.
After much deliberation as to whether or not to run again, I recently decided to seek re-election where I live and where my children go to school, in the revised Wards 1 & 2. I hope to continue the work that I have started as a public school board trustee to strengthen the education system for the benefit of Calgary students.
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