NWT election 2015: Who’s running for MLA so far?

NWT election 2015: Who’s running for MLA so far?
NWT residents are getting ready to vote for the 18th Legislative Assembly on Nov. 23.Photo courtesy of Elections NWT.

The majority of MLAs in the Northwest Territories plan to run again in the coming territorial election on Nov. 23, along with some fresh faces.

Here is a breakdown of what current MLAs are planning this fall, along with the confirmed candidate hopefuls.

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Other confirmed candidates

  • Dëneze Nakehk’o, CKLB broadcaster, in Nahendeh;
  • Julie Green, non-profit consultant and former CBC journalist, in Yellowknife Centre;
  • Wally Schumann, former Hay River Métis Council president, in Hay River South;
  • Dan Wong, Yellowknife city councillor, in Yellowknife North;
  • Cory Vanthuyne, Yellowknife city councillor, in Yellowknife North;
  • Rod Brown, co-founder of Discovery Mining Services, in Range Lake;
  • Jan Fullerton, Skills Canada NWT executive director, in Frame Lake;
  • update as of Aug. 26: Randy Sibbeston, artist/musician and son of NWT Senator Nick Sibbeston, in Nahendeh.

The official nomination period opens when the writ is formally dropped on Monday, Oct. 26. The deadline for filing nomination papers and photos is 2:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 30. Candidates will have until 5:00 p.m. to withdraw their candidacy.

Changes to electoral districts

Electoral districts were switched up slightly last year by the Legislative Assembly based on recommendations by the NWT Electoral Boundaries Commission.

In a narrow vote, MLAs opted to keep the existing 19 seats, but to merge the riding of Tu Nedhe with part of Weledeh into the new riding of Tu Nedhe Wiilideh, and to create a new Yellowknife North seat to take in part of Yellowknife and the satellite population along the Ingraham Trail.

Though the City of Yellowknife had originally taken the GNWT to court over the constitutionality of the new electoral boundaries, arguing that Yellowknife requires more representation, the city’s lawyers admitted at the Aug. 12 hearing that it would be “unrealistic” to change the boundaries before the Nov. 23 election.

Depending on the decision of the NWT Supreme Court, the boundaries could remain as is, or the GNWT will be given 18 months to come up with another plan for rejigging the territory’s electoral districts in a way that addresses issues of over and underrepresentation.

For maps and more information on voting districts for the 2015 territorial election, visit electionsnwt.ca.

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