As voters get set to head to the polls Oct. 21, here’s a look back at each of the candidates running, in the order they will appear on the ballots, beginning with the three mayoral candidates, followed by the 17 candidates seeking six councillor positions.
Mellisa Murray is the president of the Heart of Riverdale Community Centre, member of the Yukon Arts Advisory Council and is a project and membership coordinator for the Yukon First Nation Chamber of Commerce. Her priorities are equality, climate change and housing.
Kelsey Hassard-Gammel works with the Boys and Girls Club Yukon and is an active living coordinator at Yukon’s recreation and parks association. She says she’s working toward a “more affordable and welcoming Whitehorse.”
Kirk Cameron previously served on city council from 2011 to 2015, when he resigned over the firing of two top administrators. This time around, Cameron is focusing on long-term planning for the city’s growth.
Cam (Cameron) Kos has been a small business owner, worked in government and served on the Holy Family school council. He argues his well-rounded perspective of the Yukon makes him well-poised to serve as a councillor.
Doug Graham’s political career goes back to 1978, when he served his first of two terms as a Yukon Party MLA for Porter Creek West and then North. He served as minister of education and of health and social services. Between his two terms as MLA, Graham spent 11 years on Whitehorse city council.
Robin Reid-Fraser is a building manager at the Centre de la francophonie and is on the board of the Wolf Creek Community Association. She wants to increase livability with expanded transit and more housing.
Michelle Friesen is the founder of the women’s mountain biking program Shredhers, and last run for office under the NDP banner in the territorial election. She wants to be the first Indigenous councillor to serve Whitehorse in 27 years, and is running on a platform focused on housing and climate change.
Michelle Christenson-Toews is retired from a career as a paramedic and emergency planning for the Yukon government. She wants to see improvements to city bylaw processes and proactive movement on road safety and snow management.
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