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Election 2019

News. stories, profiles and opinion for the 2019 territorial and federal elections

Gaeleen MacPherson declares intent to run in Yellowknife South

Gaeleen MacPherson, the vice president of corporate affairs of Dominion Diamond Mines, has declared her intent to run for MLA in the constituency of Yellowknife South. “This is a critical time for the Northwest Territories,”...

Sallie Ross will run for Inuvik Twin Lakes

Sallie Ross is the second candidate hoping to replace Finance Minister Robert C. McLeod as the representative for Inuvik Twin Lakes. Ross, who’s worked as a nurse and the regional manager of an income security...
Diane Thom, the Inuvialuit Regional Corporation (IRC)’s chief negotiator for the Inuvialuit Self Government agreement, will run for MLA of Inuvik Boot Lake in the 2019 territorial elections. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Diane Thom to run for MLA of Inuvik Boot Lake

Running for MLA of Inuvik Boot Lake has been on Diane Thom’s mind for several years now, so she decided that this would be the year where she would finally enter the race. “I’ve worked...

Cherish Winsor announces candidacy for Kam Lake constituency

In what is now a five-way race in Kam Lake, Cherish Winsor has declared her intent to run. The senior communications adviser for the Government of the Northwest Territories, president of the YK Food Bank...

Abdullah Al-Mahamud to run for Kam Lake MLA

Entrepreneur Abdullah Al-Mahamud is the fourth candidate to announce plans to run for Kam Lake MLA, he announced in a Tuesday news release. Al-Mahamud encouraged fiscal responsibility in the news release, saying "we need to...

Patrick Scott running for Great Slave constituency

Patrick Scott, PhD and business owner, has declared his candidacy for the constituency of Great Slave. Scott has worked as a workers adviser for the WSCC, in media with the CBC, in community development with...

NEWS BRIEF: Louis Sebert to run again

Thebacha MLA and cabinet minister Louis Sebert said he intends to run again in this year's territorial election on Oct. 1. First elected in 2015, Sebert told News/North that some issues on which he intends...
Lesa Semmler announced in June that she was running for MLA of Inuvik Twin Lakes. Aaron Hemens/NNSL photo

Lesa Semmler to run for MLA of Inuvik Twin Lakes

For the past four years, the idea to run for MLA of Inuvik Twin Lakes had always been in the back of Lesa Semmler’s mind. “It had to do with living here, growing up here,...

ELECTIONS NWT: Your future is in your hands

You don't have to be interested in politics to be a voter. But you should be interested in government decisions that may impact your life or the future well-being of your children. So as...

Arlene Hache to run for Yellowknife Centre MLA

Announcing her run for Yellowknife Centre MLA on Monday, community development activist Arlene Hache said she plans to bring "lived expertise to the decision-making table" and address the challenges facing the city's downtown core. In...

Caitlin Cleveland to run for Kam Lake MLA

Photographer and entrepreneur Caitlin Cleveland plans to run for Kam Lake MLA this October. On social media, she called for a diversification of territory's economy and wrote that her experience and professional background would lend...

Katrina Nokleby to run for MLA in Great Slave

Katrina Nokleby, a Yellowknife engineer, is announcing her intent to run for MLA in the riding of Great Slave, according to a Monday news release. Nokleby has been living and working in the North since...

Hay River North MLA R.J. Simpson to seek second term

R.J. Simpson has announced his intention to seek re-election as an MLA in the territorial vote this fall. The rookie MLA for Hay River North confirmed his plans to run again in an interview with...

Former cabinet minister Dave Ramsay to run in Frame Lake

Former GNWT cabinet minister Dave Ramsay announced plans Wednesday to contest Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly's seat. Ramsay previously served in the NWT Legislative Assembly from 2003 to 2015, where he was Minister of Industry,...

2019 territorial election candidates

Planning to run for MLA in this fall's territorial election on Oct. 1? Let NNSL Media know at editorial@nnsl.com or (867) 873-4031. We will update this list as more candidates are announced. Inuvik Twin Lakes Lesa...

Rylund Johnson runs for Yellowknife North

Lawyer Rylund Johnson intends to run for MLA of Yellowknife North this fall. Johnson plans to run on five campaign themes: diversifying the economy, reducing harm to vulnerable communities, creating equality of opportunity, promoting Northern...

Robert Hawkins to run for MLA in Kam Lake

A previous version of this story had an incorrect quote regarding the location of Apex Property Management and Pest Control Robert Hawkins, with 12 years experience as MLA in Yellowknife Centre and three years experience...

MLA Julie Green to run for second term

Yellowknife Centre MLA Julie Green will be vying for a second term this fall. "Since my election on November 23, 2015, I have worked hard for my constituents, all Yellowknifers and residents of the Northwest...
Shane Thompson, the MLA for Nahendeh and the chair of the Legislative Assembly's Standing Committee on Social Development, was in Hay River May 14 for a public hearing on two new bills. Paul Bickford/NNSL photo

Thompson to run again in Nahendeh

Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson announced in the legislative assembly on June 6 that he will run for re-election this fall. In a lengthy address covering housing, climate change, access to organized sports, protection of at-risk...

Frame Lake MLA Kevin O’Reilly runs for re-election

Frame Lake MLA Kevin O'Reilly will run for re-election this fall, a Thursday news release announced. Elected in 2015, O'Reilly plans to campaign for a second term on climate action, tourism expansion, and post-secondary education. “Northerners...

Caroline Wawzonek plans to run for Yellowknife South

Yellowknife lawyer Caroline Wawzonek will be running in the Yellowknife South riding in October's territorial election. “The rumor is indeed true." stated Wawzonek in an email last week. "I am very excited at the prospect of...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: MLA disputes editorial’s stance on poor voter turnout

Dear editor, Your editorial in the April 5 edition of Yellowknifer, (“In YK, territorial elections are a joke”) is a disservice to voters because it includes false and incomplete information. First, the statement that...

GUEST COMMENT: MLA pushes for party politics in the NWT

By Kieron Testart, MLA for Kam Lake In the 2015 election, voters made history by electing an unprecedented number of new MLAs to the legislative assembly. It was clear the people wanted change and yet somehow...

MLAs support more women in office

The legislative assembly passed a series of motions last week aimed at removing barriers that prevent women from running for office. The recommendations came from the Special Committee to Increase the Representation of Women in...