The education community past and present was well represented in the fight to succeed Donald Dewar as MSP for Glasgow Anniesland. Most prominent was Danny McCafferty, the education authorities' spokesperson.
Other hats in the ring were worn by Carol Fox, recently departed Scottish official of the National Union of Schoolmasters Union of Women Teachers; Gillian Carlin-Kulwicki, a Glasgow nursery head and prominent Educational Institute of Scotland activist; and Patricia Chalmers, a former head of Englishat Notre Dame High in the city who now sits on Glasgow's education committee.
The final battle was slugged out between Donnie Munro, ex-teacher and now development officer at Sabhal Mor Ostaig college on Skye who has been known to sing from time to time, and Bill Butler, a teacher at Stonelaw High in South Lanarkshire.
No prizes for guessing that local man Butler is now poised to stand and serve - or perhaps it is simply that Anniesland new Labour prefers teachers from South Lanarkshire.