Eleven people have picked up packages to run for school trustee, though only five allowed their names to be released to media prior to the filing period.
Potential candidates will begin filing their nomination papers to make their run for the board of education official next Tuesday, and there’s at least one newcomer in the crowd.
“I have been interested in local politics most of my life and eventually you can no longer sit back and watch—you just have to do it,” said Greg Krasichynsky, a father and recent Okanagan College graduate who says he’s had a lifelong interest in learning and has definitely decided to run.
Krasichynsky started his career as an administrator for health care education and worked as a volunteer tutor while living in Alberta.
He returned to school at his daughter’s urging and recently earned a diploma from OC, where he served as the president of the Okanagan College Business Students’ Association.
He said his daughter has recently finished high school, and with his own education now complete, he figures there is now enough time in his schedule to pursue a political seat.
He and the 10 other contenders considering joining the race already know several sitting trustees will bow out this term. Westside trustee Jeff Watson has stated he will not run again due to the time commitment involved, and both Gail Given and Gail Scanlan have each decided to run for city council instead.
“It’s something I’ve felt a calling to do,” said Given, who spoke to the Capital News before picking up her nomination papers at the end of August.
Given’s husband, Brian Given, spent a decade on council before passing away two years ago.
Meanwhile, Wayne Horning has held a trustee seat for nearly as long.
The three-term trustee has given nine years to the job and recently stated he will not seek re-election.
Longtime Peachland-based trustee Moyra Baxter says she’s more than willing to give it another go.
The departures of Given, Watson, Scanlan and Horning leave at least four of the seven seats open for new faces.
The other incumbent trustees, Anna Hunt-Binkley and Rolli Cacchioni, have yet to state their intentions publicly.
Those who have picked up packages to potentially run include former school board chairman and school superintendent Murli Pendharkhar, Larry Gray, Rob Melle and Darren Haddrell—although packages can be picked up on behalf of another potential candidates as well.
Nomination papers can be filed from Oct. 4 to Oct. 14.