A third candidate has entered the race for a seat on the School District 57 board of education.
Brian Trotter posted on his Facebook page yesterday that he has filed nomination papers for the January 15 byelection to replace former chair Trent Derrick, who stepped down earlier this year following a damning report on systemic racist in the district.
Trotter was employed by the school district as a master electrician for 34 years, eight of those in Mackenzie. He retired in 2018. He was president of CUPE local 4991, representing the grounds and maintenance workers for the last 10 years of his time at the district.
“If elected,I know that I cannot change the world, I don’t want to,” he said in his Facebook post. “The current board has done many good things. I will just be bringing a fresh set of eyes and ears to the table. I do not have a personal agenda. I believe that every child has the right to the best education that we can provide for them. They should feel that they can succeed and thrive in a safe, respectful environment, free from bullying, racism and discrimination. I also feel that all employees should have the same right afforded to them.”
He says he is a big proponent of in-house apprenticeships.
“It’s time that public sector stops poaching tradespeople from the private sector and train their own,” he said.
He will be seeking the Prince George seat against Audrey McKinnon and Stuart Parker.