A local businessman whose name has appeared on ballots in the past is running for school board.
In a statement issued this week Trent Derrick said he stands for access to all services and supports for all students, supports food programs for all students and fully supports the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
The owner Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and Spa of the North, Derrick was a candidate in the last federal election under the NDP banner and ran for city council in 2014 and for mayor in 2008.
According to the statement, Derrick brings over 25 years of leadership experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors and has served the community in many roles such as coaching baseball, sitting on numerous boards and volunteering throughout the community.
Derrick is from Prince George and has "experienced the many challenges of students within rural and urban settings" and is "fully committed to strengthening and building a safe and inclusive learning environment for all student regardless of race, social economic status, sexuality and location."
General voting day for school board, city council and regional district is on October 20.