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Lori Watt won't seek re-election as New Westminster school trustee

Three-term New Westminster school trustee Lori Watt announced Friday afternoon that she won't be seeking a fourth term in office. Watt sent a message to The Record from Los Angeles, where was on vacation, with notice of her intentions.

Three-term New Westminster school trustee Lori Watt announced Friday afternoon that she won't be seeking a fourth term in office.

Watt sent a message to The Record from Los Angeles, where was on vacation, with notice of her intentions.

"After nine years of serving the community of New Westminster in the position of school trustee, I have decided to step down from this position and focus on my family and artistic pursuits," writes Watt. "It has been an honour and privilege for me to serve my community for the last nine years in this position and I am grateful for the support of the community and my constituents.

"I wish the new board continued success in educating our children in New Westminster's Royal City."

Watt, along with Brent Atkinson, are both not seeking re-election to the board of education, meaning that two empty spots will be available to the seven newcomers looking to join the board.

This year's candidates for school board are: James Bell; Jonina Campbell; Casey Cook (Voice New Westminster); Michael Ewen; Jim Goring (Voice New Westminster); Lisa Graham (Voice New Westminster); James Janzen; Brenda McEachern-Keen (Voice New Westminster); Mary Ann Mortensen (Voice New Westminster); James Pepa; David Phelan; and Glen Richmond.

- with files from Theresa McManus, The Record

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