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Independent candidate enters New Westminster school board race

Shawn Sorensen is a dad with a young child in the district.
Shawn Sorensen has announced his candidacy for the upcoming New Westsminster school board byelection.

An independent candidate has thrown his hat into the ring for the New Westminster school board byelection.

Shawn Sorensen, a father with a young child in School District 40, announced Friday morning that he will run for the seat left empty after the resignation of former trustee Dee Beattie.

Sorensen confirmed that he will be running without the backing of a political party. He said he'll be looking to the community, as well as friends, peers and family, for "creative ways" to help get his name and message out there.

“This election won’t be focused on fundraising for me," he said in a press release. "I don’t expect families to donate funds so that I can print my name and photo on pamphlets and lawn signs. We are watching every dollar just like most families I know. So we’re going to have to think of ways to let voters know that I’m here to represent their needs and interests at the school board level.”

You'll be able to find out more about Sorensen at his website.

Sorensen is the second candidate to declare for the race. Kathleen Carlsen, a former executive member with the New Westminster district parent advisory council, has been named as the candidate for the New West Progressives.

Community First New West, the majority party on school board, has yet to name a candidate in the race to replace Beattie.

A date for the byelection has not yet been set.