Surprise victory in Foothills trustee election
Election 2013: Long-term trustee defeated after 15 years
By: Bruce Campbell
| Posted: Wednesday, Oct 23, 2013 06:00 am
Something new is cooking in the Foothills School Division as voters have elected a new trustee for Ward 1 for the first time since 1998.
Jeannine Tucker, who operates the canteen at Oilfields High School in Black Diamond, defeated former school division chairman Jerry Muelaner in Monday’s municipal election by an unofficial vote count of 494 to 455.
“I think that there are enough young new faces out here who thought it might be time for a change,” Tucker said. “And I offered it to them.”
Ward 1 represents the Longview, Black Diamond and Turner Valley corridor.
Tucker admitted she can be boisterous at times and one of the first things she wants to do is hear the concerns of the people she represents.
“I plan on getting out there and meeting all the people at the schools and listening to their concerns,” the 44-year-old Tucker said.
Tucker has been at the grassroots level of education in the Foothills School Division working as an education assistant and at the Stampede Ranch For Kids west of Longview.
She said the most significant current issue is dealing with the repercussions from the June 20 flood.
“That’s the number one issue on the table,” she said.
She admitted Muelaner and the Foothills School Division have left her a ward in good shape.
“I think that right now, things are going well,” Tucker said. “One of my concerns is that there is always a school in Longview.”
At present, there are 55 students at the K-Grade 6 Longview School. Although there have been concerns about closing the school from residents in the past, the matter has never been brought up at the board level.
She also heard while knocking doors there are still concerns about the alignment of grades at schools in the ward.
Muelaner was unavailable for comment when the results were announced late Monday night.
He was first elected to the board in 1998 and was chairman of the division from 2000 to 2007.
Tucker said she plans to continue to operate the canteen at Oilfields High School after checking to insure she was not in a fiduciary conflict by being a trustee and operating the canteen.