Kwanlin Dun First Nation’s director of justice will be taking on the premier in this year’s territorial election.
Jeanie Dendys was acclaimed as the Liberal candidate in the Mountainview riding on Tuesday.
Mike Gladish, a former Whitehorse city councillor, was seeking the nomination but decided to step aside.
“In the spirit of party unity, I decided that a contested nomination in Mountainview was not in the best interests of the residents of the riding or the prospects of the party,” Gladish said in a statement.
“I spoke to Jeanie Dendys about my decision, and she was gracious in accepting my support.”
Dendys is a born-and-raised Yukoner, and a member of the Tahltan First Nation with Norwegian ancestry.
She has worked for KDFN for the past seven years.
The Mountainview riding includes the McIntyre, Valleyview, Hillcrest and Granger neighbourhoods.
The riding is currently held by Yukon Premier Darrell Pasloski. He is expected to run for re-election.
Whitehorse lawyer Shaunagh Stikeman is the NDP candidate for the riding.