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.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Thieves break into mailboxes overnight in Courtenay, Comox

Thieves in Comox were busy overnight on March 17, breaking into more… Continue reading

Courtenay double murderer found guilty, faces life in prison

Michael Philip Simard, 45, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Comox Valley RCMP looking for help to identify shoplifters

The Comox Valley RCMP is asking for assistance from the public to… Continue reading

Haida Manga artist to speak at North Island College

Award-winning visual artist and author Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas will speak at North… Continue reading

UPDATE: Courtenay home a ‘write-off’ after Sunday afternoon fire

Two occupants of the home and one of a neighbouring house were treated for minor smoke inhalation

VIDEO: RCMP ask kids to help name soon-to-be police dogs

13 German shepherd puppies will be born this year

‘Considerably large’ tractor tire fell and killed 3-year-old girl on B.C. farm

Delta’s deputy fire chief said crews tried to helicopter girl out after a tractor tire leaning against a barn fell onto her

Nearly 40% of British Columbians not taking their medications correctly: poll

Introduction of legal cannabis could cause more issues for drug interactions

Mining company fined $70,000 after two workers killed in B.C. truck crash

Broda Construction pleaded guilty to failing to provide safe workplace at Cranbrook rock quarry

B.C. argues it cannot stop Trans Mountain, but it can protect environment

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says only Ottawa has the authority to decide what goes in trans-boundary pipelines

B.C. poverty plan combines existing spending, housing programs

Target is to lift 140,000 people out of poverty from 2016 level

Avalanche warning issued for all B.C. mountains

Warm weather to increase avalanche risk: Avalanche Canada

Temperature records dating back to 1947 broken in B.C.

The Squamish airport recorded the hottest temperature in the province (and Canada) on Sunday: 21.3 C

Privy Council clerk Michael Wernick retires in wake of SNC-Lavalin case

Jody Wilson-Raybould accused Wernick of pressuring her to head off criminal charges for the firm

Most Read