Ken Denike and Sophia Woo ponder return to Vancouver school board in fall election

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      Former Vancouver education trustees Ken Denike and Sophia Woo may run again for school board.

      Denike confirmed that he and Woo are actively considering the option of entering this year’s October 20 civic election.

      “We’re a team,” Denike told the Georgia Straight in a phone interview Thursday (August 16).

      Denike declined to comment either way if he and Woo will join Coalition Vancouver, the new party backing the mayoral bid of former Conservative MP Wai Young.

      The former school trustee can only say that he and Woo are in touch with electoral organizations.

      “Nothing is complete yet,” he said.

      Denike was first elected as a Vancouver school trustee in 1984. He went on to serve three times a board chair.

      Woo, for her part, was elected trustee in 2011.

      Denike and Woo sat as independents in the months leading up to the last election in 2014 after they were expelled by the Non-Partisan Association (NPA).

      The two were removed from the NPA after they called for more consultations on the school district’s sexual-orientation and gender-identities policy.

      Denike and Woo ran unsuccessfully in 2014 with the Vancouver 1st party.

      Denike indicated that he and Woo will finalize their plans soon.

      “I expect an announcement within a week,” Denike said. 

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