The School Trustee Candidate Forum was held at GP Vanier on Wednesday evening. Photo courtesy Comox Valley Schools

Terence Purden drops out of school trustee race

Purden’s name to remain on ballot for Area C alongside Ian Hargreaves

It’s now a one-man race for Area C School Trustee, but there will still be two names on the ballot.

At a School Trustee Candidate Forum on Wednesday evening, it was announced that Area C school trustee hopeful, Terence Purden, would be dropping out of the running, leaving Ian Hargreaves to run unopposed.

However, Purden’s name will remain on the ballot as it is too late to remove it.

“If his electorate is not informed of it… he can still be elected trustee for Area C,” said Hargreaves. “Then the position is offered to him. If he again turns it down, that means there has to be a by-election.”

He adds that the financial burden of a by-election would fall onto the school district.

Nick Moore, president of the Comox District Teacher’s Association, said he was surprised to hear Purden’s decision and hopes to get the word out to prevent a by-election.

“My concern would be that it would cost money that comes from the school district’s operating budget and that money could be better used to hire teachers or support staff to support students,” he said, adding that he wishes Purden the best and respects his decision.

Purden was one of 38 candidates across the province listed as opposed to SOGI 1 2 3, education materials designed to make schools inclusive for all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Hargreaves is in support of SOGI 1 2 3 and says it has been well accepted by the community.

“I’m supportive of inclusion and diversity. I have supported the board and its policy since it was established in 2010,” he said.

Hargreaves says Purden dropping out at this stage in the campaign is “regrettable.”

“I was surprised and I felt sorry for him personally, just because he’s put time and effort into it,” he said. “I think anybody that goes forward into this arena, that goes into public service of this kind – it takes courage for those people to get up.”

In terms of his campaign, Hargreaves says he will continue as if he’s running against somebody and adds, he will be available to speak about what he is hoping to achieve as trustee.

A request for comment has been sent to Purden. The story will be updated when more information becomes available.


jolene.rudisuela@comoxvalleyrecord.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

No injuries after vehicle knocks boat into Courtenay home

Alcohol and speed may have been a factor

Preliminary inquiry for Island resident facing numerous charges in Comox Valley shooting

A 27-year-old Saanich resident had his preliminary hearing in Courtenay Wednesday as… Continue reading

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

VIDEO: Leaf Compassion celebrates legalization in Courtenay

Leaf Compassion in Courtenay celebrated the official legalization of marijuana in Courtenay… Continue reading

Man injured in Vancouver Island racetrack accident meets, holds son for first time

Kayden was born the day after Jonathan was crushed by car at speedway

Mellow opening to B.C.’s only legal pot shop

About five people lined up early for the opening of the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops.

Jagmeet Singh says marijuana pardons are not enough

Trudeau government will streamline pardon process for Canadians convicted of simple possession of marijuana in the past

Caregivers banned from smoking, growing cannabis around children-in-care: MCFD

Ministry has limited cannabis use for caregivers, stating it may “pose a risk to children and youth.”

Cheaper strains sell out within minutes on online BC Cannabis Store

Province says new strains will become available in the coming months

Only 40% of B.C. car dealerships have electric cars available: report

Researchers found buyers frustrated at the lack of options

VIDEO: Millionaire Lottery returns to give back and win big

Since 1996, Millionaire Lottery has raised $52 million for the VGH+UBC Hospital Foundation

Test case challenges a politician’s right to block people from Twitter account

3 people say Watson infringed their constitutional right to freedom of expression by blocking them

‘A little odd’ B.C.’s biggest city celebrates cannabis without a legal store

On the streets of downtown Vancouver, notably the Wild West of illegal marijuana, not a single legal store opened Wednesday, making for a rather anticlimatic kick-off

Most Read