Matejka, Swainson seeking Chinook’s Edge position

The race to represent Sylvan Lake-Benalto area on Chinook’s Edge School Division features the current and former trustees.

The race to represent Sylvan Lake-Benalto area on Chinook’s Edge School Division features the current and former trustees.

Joe-Anne Matejka and Jackie Swainson are both seeking the Ward 1 seat on the division’s board of trustees in the election which takes place Oct. 21.

Six of the nine wards were filled by acclamation following the close of nominations at noon Monday.

Sherry Cooper was the only candidate in Ward 2 (Penhold-Poplar Ridge-Springbrook), Colleen Butler was acclaimed in Ward 3 (Delburne-Elnora), Ron Fisher won by acclamation in Ward 6 (Sundre), Trudy James was acclaimed in Ward 7 (Olds) , Gord Kerr was the only candidate in Ward 8 (Didsbury) and Sheldon Ball was acclaimed in Ward 9 (Carstairs-Cremona). With the exception of Ball, the others were all current trustees.

In Ward 4 (Innisfail) long time trustee Penny Archibald chose not to run again. Derek Baird, Holly Bilton and Linnea Thompson are seeking election to that seat.

Incumbent Connie Huelsman is being challenged by Linda Possakka for the Ward 5 (Bowden-Spruce View) position.

Voters in Sylvan Lake will be casting their ballot for school division trustee at the same time as they vote for mayor and council positions. In Red Deer County, voting for trustees will be held in conjunction with voting for county councillors.