Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. (Sarah Sovereign Photography)
Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. (Sarah Sovereign Photography)

Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. (Sarah Sovereign Photography) Carin Bondar announced Nov. 26 that she will be running in the upcoming byelection to replace outgoing school trustee Dan Coulter. (Sarah Sovereign Photography)

Carin Bondar wins contentious Chilliwack school board byelection Saturday

With 10,710 ballots cast, as of 9 p.m. Saturday Bondar was up 5,455 to 4,786 votes

After a back-and-forth evening, Carin Bondar is the winner of the Chilliwack Board of Education’s contentious school trustee byelection over Richard Procee on Saturday (Feb. 13).

At 9:05 p.m. with 10,710 ballots counted, according to results posted by the chief election officer on the City of Chilliwack’s website showed Carin Bondar the winner with 5,455 votes to Richard Procee’s 4,786.

In third place was Brian VanGarderen with 287 votes and fourth was Adam Suleman with 182.

The results were always likely to be close as the byelection race quickly proved to be nasty given the deep divisions on the board.

Repeated comments made by sitting trustee Barry Neufeld led the Ministry of Education to appoint special advisors to evaluate the school board in an ongoing capacity. Neufeld endorsed Procee in the campaign.

READ MORE: Special advisors appointed to evaluate Chilliwack school board

Here are campaign videos from both Bondar and Procee.

READ MORE: VIDEO: Carin Bondar shares what she hopes to bring to Chilliwack school board table

READ MORE: VIDEO: Byelection candidate Richard Procee hopes to ‘introduce good conversation’ to Chilliwack school board

Bondar was also the target of an illegal election sign posted by an unknown group, critical of her career making videos about evolution and animal reproduction.

READ MORE: Anti-Bondar billboard that appeared in Chilliwack corn field taken down by landowners

Procee said his campaign had nothing to do with the billboard and when asked, he said he was “opposed to any form of communication that violates principles of respect, value and dignity.”

See www.theprogress.com for more details on the results.

READ MORE: Unauthorized billboard called a ‘smear job against women candidates’ by Chilliwack byelection candidate Bondar


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