Shirley Chua Tan makes bid for NDP nomination in Porter Creek South

Former Rendezvous Queen Shirley Chua-Tan is taking another run at becoming an NDP candidate in this year’s territorial election.

Former Rendezvous Queen Shirley Chua-Tan is taking another run at becoming an NDP candidate in this year’s territorial election.

Chua-Tan has announced she’s seeking the NDP nomination in Porter Creek South, after dropping out of the running in Riverdale North.

She currently lives in Takhini-Kopper King, the riding held by Kate White. She said Porter Creek South is the riding closest to her home.

“I’ve been doing doorknocking and what I’ve found in Porter Creek South is people really want a change,” she said.

The three issues she said people raise the most are putting food on the table, child care and the environment.

Back in February, Chua-Tan said she wanted to run in Riverdale North because of its diverse population. She also works as a realtor, and said she has sold a number of homes there and has a lot of friends in the riding.

But when lawyer Rod Snow announced he’d be contesting the NDP nomination in Riverdale North, she had second thoughts.

“Rod is a person that I respected a lot,” she said. “For a candidate of that calibre to step forward – I want the best for Yukoners.

“Because of that, I decided to withdraw from that riding.”

Rod Snow has since been acclaimed as the NDP candidate in Riverdale North.

Porter Creek South is currently held by Health Minister Mike Nixon, who is seeking re-election.

Ranj Pillai is the Liberal candidate for the riding.

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