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TDSB chair Shaun Chen stepping down

Last Updated Aug 4, 2015 at 1:37 pm EDT

TDSC chair Shaun Chen addresses the board during a meeting, Dec. 1, 2014. CITYNEWS

Shaun Chen is stepping down as chair of the Toronto District School Board to run as a candidate in the upcoming federal election.

“As you may know, the Prime Minister of Canada dropped the writ this past Sunday, launching a federal election campaign in which I am a candidate,” Chen said in a letter to the TDSB. “In keeping my commitment, I am stepping down as Chair, allowing the Board to select a replacement in the days to come prior to the new school year.”

Chen will also be taking a leave of absence from his position as TDSB trustee during this time.

The 34 year old was elected chair of the TDSB in December to replace Mari Rutka, who was elected earlier this year after former chair Chris Bolton resigned suddenly on June 13 after serving the board for 12 years.

“Since becoming Chair last year, it has been a pleasure and privilege to work with an incredibly dedicated Board of Trustees––champions of public education who are committed each and every day to serving our communities and advocating for our children and youth,” Chen said.

Chen will run as the Liberal candidate in Scarborough North.

Vice-Chair Sheila Cary-Meagher will become “acting” chair until a replacement for Chen has been selected.