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Hay River’s town hall. Nine candidates are seeking eight seats on Hay River’s town council in a municipal election Oct. 15. Municipal elections for communities across the N.W.T. are less than a week away, on Monday, Oct. 15. In Hay River, nine candidates are seeking eight seats on town council, while the town’s mayor-elect, Kandis Jameson, was acclaimed .

CBC North asked each candidate for council to tell us a bit about themselves, their priorities, and why voters should tick their name on election day.

Here are their replies in their own words.

Responses received by CBC are listed in alphabetical order and have been edited for clarity and style. If you are a candidate for council in the N.W.T.’s upcoming municipal elections and would like to have your response included, please email

Steve Anderson (Submitted) Steve Anderson provided CBC with a copy of his campaign brochure. It states that his father was in the air force, resulting in him growing up in several countries overseas, including Scotland, England, Germany, and Bahrain. He arrived in Deline, N.W.T., in 1976, at the age of 19, to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company.

"Over the past twenty years, Hay River has become home to me, my wife Judy and our sons," the brochure reads.

"I am committed to working together with the mayor and members of council for the betterment of our community. I believe my involvement with the Hay River Elks Club, the Hay River Chamber of Commerce, St. Andrew’s Anglican Church and the Hay River Housing Authority puts me more in touch with the citizens of our town and their individual needs," says his brochure. "I am also a local businessman."

Anderson’s brochure states three main goals if he is re-elected: land development, community development, and community wellness.

Emily Chambers (Submitted) I’m a northerner, originally from Yellowknife. And after many visits to Hay River, I fell in love with the town and the people and decided to move here and make it my home. Since living here, I have tried to be involved in the community as much as possible by volunteering, most recently with the Arctic Winter Games and the fall fair.

Running for council felt like the next step for me. Having a say in the future of our town and giving back to the community on that level is really important to me.

If elected, priorities of mine will be to address the cost of living as well as the shortage of housing in Hay River. There is a real potential for growth here, but only if these issues are addressed.

I hope to bring a fresh perspective to town council and hopefully represent a demographic that may not have been interested in politics before. I will be approachable and willing to listen to everyone’s concerns and ideas and work together with my colleagues to come up with solutions that the residents are looking for.

Keith Dohey I’m 29 years old and [was] born and raised in Hay River. I work for the family business my grandfather started over 55 years ago. I’ve been on council for six years (two terms). I have served on various committees and boards, both outside of council and as a councillor. I chaired the fundraising committee for both the Arctic Winter Games bid, and the Arctic Winter Games themselves. I’ve served on the recreation board, coached minor hockey and have been one of the organizers for Lobster Fest.

I’m running again because I believe I have more to contribute. We have accomplished a lot in six years and I feel we are on the right track. However, […]

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