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TDSB chairman Shaun Chen to run for federal Liberals

01/23/2015 05:13 EST | Updated 03/25/2015 05:59 EDT
Amid a scandal at the Toronto District School Board, its newly elected chair Shaun Chen is seeking the nomination as a federal Liberal candidate for the new riding of Scarborough North.

Chen was elected TDSB chair in last month, when he pledged to "restore transparency and accountability to the board."

In about six weeks on the job, Chen saw the release of a scathing review of TDSB governance, which included a raft of accusations about a "culture of fear" at the board and in Toronto schools. Chen faced questions about how the TDSB would respond.

"We take the audit and review seriously. We will move forward with the directions," he said on Jan. 15.

Chen said he told the school board of his intentions to run for the Liberals, but took the chairman role regardless. When asked about his short tenure, Chen told a local Scarborough newspaper that "public service has no boundaries."

His website touts his experience as chair on his Liberal nomination website, without mention of the length of his term.

“I believe our community deserves stronger representation at the federal level,” Chen writes on the site. “I’ve worked as a local school trustee for the past eight years and provided that strong representation for Scarborough residents.”

The Scarborough North Liberal Riding Association is scheduled to choose a candidate on Sunday.

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