WESTLOCK – The Westlock-area school division races, which were wide open following the retirement of the three incumbents, have heated up and feature a trio of former town councillors seeking two seats in town.
In addition, one former trustee has already been acclaimed as Sherry Allen, who previously represented Westlock North, was unchallenged in the recently-renamed Pembina Hills East – Ward 2 previously held by Jackie Comeau. Allen served from 2010 to 2013 and was defeated by Comeau in the 2013 election.
The town will see David Truckey, who ran for the position in 2013 and is fresh off a 17-year stint as a town councillor, face off against Robin Brett, a single-term town councillor, who also ran for mayor in 2013. Also in the race are lawyer David Keyes, whose wife Abby is running for town council, and Nichole Stadnyk. The seat was previously held by Wendy Scinski, who is retiring.
Maureen Schnirer and Philip Petkau are seeking Westlock South, recently renamed to Pembina Hills East – Ward 1, which includes Busby School and Eleanor Hall School in the Village of Clyde. The seat was left vacant by incumbent Jackie Carson who moved out of the area.
Evergreen a two-way race
Meanwhile in the race for the Evergreen Catholic School’s Westlock Ward, former town councillor Clem Fagan will face incumbent Caren Muller.
Both candidates have extensive experience. Muller has sat as the area trustee and first ran in 1995 and served 18-straight years before losing to Bob Oko in 2013 — she was acclaimed in 2017. Meanwhile, Fagnan recently announced his town-council retirement following a 21-year career spread over five decades.