Vision Vancouver appoints five candidates in by-election for school board

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      Vision Vancouver has named five candidates in the October 14 by-election for school board.

      Three of the candidates, namely, Mike Lombardi, Joy Alexander, and Allan Wong were among the nine education trustees fired by the province in October 2016 for the board’s failure to adopt a balanced budget.

      Vision candidate Ken Clement is a former school trustee. Clement won in the 2008 and 2011 elections, but fell short of securing a third term in 2014.

      Theodora Lamb is the fresh face that Vision is bringing on board. Lamb is currently a director with the Vancity credit union, and the B.C. Co-operative Association.

      The five candidates were appointed by the Vision executive, doing away with a nomination.

      On August 26, the Green Party of Vancouver announced that it nominated three candidates for school board, including Janet Fraser, who was part of the board dismissed by the province in 2016.

      The two other Green candidates for school board are Estrellita Gonzalez, and Judy Zaichkowsky.

      Former Non-Partisan Association (NPA) school trustee Fraser Ballantyne has indicated that he wants to return to the board.

      Ballantyne and the NPA had four seats in the previous board, and Vision had the same number. Fraser of the Greens held the deciding vote.

      In a statement, Vision Mayor Robertson said: “Our team knows the importance of cooperation, and we want to work with any other progressive candidates or parties who share our values.”

      An independent report released last spring noted that Vision trustees in the previous board created a “toxic work environment” in the education district.

      Former Vision trustees have denied that they bullied and harassed staff.