There had been speculation that former MP Jay Aspin would seek the mayor's or council seat, but this afternoon he made it official...he's running for a spot on the Near North School Board.
In a news release, Aspin says today's challenges require individuals with extensive background, leadership skills, and pertinent capabilities to assist them during this period of unprecedented transition.
"I have always had a passion for education and therefore to help address this challenge I have submitted my name as a candidate for the Near North District School Board in the coming October election.
"Education is extremely important in today’s world. To that end, I feel strongly that we must challenge ourselves to move beyond mediocrity in our community to achieve 'a culture of excellence' to ensure our children are best equipped for the future. Vision, transparency, accountability, accessibility, and innovation will be my guiding principles. Our Near North District School Board must reach its full potential and therefore during the campaign, I will propose a strong platform to pursue this 'culture of excellence.'"
Aspin believes public school trusteeship would permit him the opportunity to continue to serve.
Aspin is no stranger to politics, serving:
- 18 years as a member of North Bay City Council
- nine years as a trustee on the Nipissing Board of Education
- eight years as a trustee on the Near North District School Board
- five years as the MP for Nipissing-Timiskaming.