Bancroft withdraws from trustee election

LONG SAULT – Upper Canada District School Board trustee candidate Jim Bancroft is withdrawing from the upcoming election due to health concerns. Bancroft was running for North and South Stormont, and North and South Glengarry.

In a release, Bancroft said that his decision did not come easily, and that he has been dealing with some ongoing health issues since August.

“After discussing with my family and a few close friends,” said Bancroft. “I feel the residents deserve a trustee that will be able to provide the time and energy to meet your expectations.”

Bancroft said in a release that the UCDSB faces many challenges in the near term.

“Rural education should never be discounted, and maintaining our rural schools located in our hamlets and villages must always remain a priority for every trustee seeking your support.”

While Bancroft has announced he is withdrawing from the election, his name will remain on the ballot for the upcoming October 22nd election. Also on the ballot are candidates John Danaher and Marshall Wilson.

Bancroft is the outgoing mayor of the Township of South Stormont.