2 extra applicants put their identify ahead for Yellowknife election
Two extra other folks will by way of vying for a place on Yellowknife’s town council within the upcoming municipal election.
On Wednesday, resident Ben Hendriksen submitted his nomination papers to develop into a candidate for council, in line with a information unlock.
Hendriksen, initially from St. Catharines, Ont., has a background in public coverage and moved to Yellowknife in 2011 for paintings as a coverage analyst, the inside track unlock mentioned. Since then, and as much as January 2017, he held quite a lot of public sector roles in Yellowknife focusing on coverage construction and governance.
He then lived in Dublin, Eire, for 3 years, whilst his spouse pursued additional training there, they usually returned to Yellowknife in 2020.
Hendriksen mentioned he is working on this election with the promise of serving to Yellowknifers “have a voice” at town corridor.
“I listen in point of fact frequently from a large number of buddies that they in point of fact do not perceive why choices are being [made] at council. I imply, I am frequently such a other folks, too,” he advised CBC Information.
Hendriksen thinks there must be extra readability from town council at the choices they make.
“Probably the most issues that I feel are lacking presently, is a few duty standpoint,” he mentioned, including the goings-on at town corridor “should not be complicated to other folks.”
He mentioned he does not have one major factor for his platform, however mentioned he’s going to be sharing extra concepts during his marketing campaign and on his Fb web page.
Dwayne Simmons, a Realtor and previous director for the Yellowknife Chamber of Trade, has additionally put his identify in for town council.
Simmons, who moved to Yellowknife in 2008, mentioned in a remark he is working as a result of he hopes to “make sure that long run generations have the similar high quality of lifestyles and financial alternatives that we revel in as of late.”
Simmons has labored in gross sales with Northern Information Products and services, as a mission supervisor within the building business, and because 2016 has been a small trade proprietor and a Realtor with Century 21 Prospect Realty, in line with his web site.
On his web site, he lists 3 major objectives as a part of his platform: making improvements to tourism, “leveraging alternatives” on the Yellowknife airport, and making improvements to Kam Lake Street and increasing the Kam Lake trade district.
He advised CBC he thinks the airport must “be introduced into the twenty first century just a little bit,” which means some conceivable updates that would make town a “hub of a few kind.”
“It would be nice to get a hold of a method of a few kind and determine what we wish from our airport, whether or not or not it’s northern sovereignty, or if we are going to be a shipment hub,” he mentioned for example.
Simmons and Hendriksen sign up for 4 different applicants who’ve put their names ahead for a non-mayor seat: Stacie Smith, Stewart Pallard, Tom McLennan and Rob Warburton.
8 councillor seats and the mayoral place of work are up for grabs within the Oct. 17 election. There’s nonetheless no mayor challenger; Mayor Rebecca Alty introduced on social media in July that she intends to hunt re-election as the top of council.
Nominations for applicants closes on Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. The closing day for applicants to withdraw is Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. Citizens have till Sept. 22 to get at the voter checklist.