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Brad Cathers, the longtime Yukon Party MLA for Lake Laberge, is once again seeking the Yukon Party nomination as the candidate for Lake Laberge for the next territorial election.
“My track record of success is due to listening to Yukoners, and working hard on their behalf,” the 43-year-old Cathers said today.
“What I have heard is that Yukoners value a strong, diversified economy, the peace and beauty of the wilderness, quality health care, a good education system, an effective social safety net, and infrastructure that meets the needs of our homes and communities – and I share those values.”
First elected in 2002, Cathers has been re-elected three times, gaining the support of more voters in every election in the last 10 years.
In 2016, he received 558 votes, the fourth-highest number of votes of any candidate in the entire Yukon.
“I have worked hard for my constituents and all Yukoners, and I am proud of my record for delivering results,” said Cathers.
“I look forward to seeking a renewed mandate from my constituents, and working with my colleagues to win public confidence and form a Yukon Party majority government.
In 2009, Cathers left the governing caucus to sit as an independent after it was learned that then-premier Dennis Fentie was exploring the possible sale of the Yukon Energy Corp. to the private sector.
Cathers rejoined the caucus two years later after Darrell Pasloski formed a majority government.
Cathers was an unsuccessful candidate for the Yukon Party’s leadership, which Currie Dixon won in May.
“People want a government of action that will listen to them, and work with them to ensure the future is bright for all Yukoners,” Cathers said.
His family moved to the Yukon when he was two years old, and to the wilderness on the east side of Lake Laberge when he was six.
His family home at Lake Laberge has no road access, and he grew up with a wilderness lifestyle, including hauling water by hand in buckets from a creek, cutting firewood, hiking, canoeing, boating, and dog mushing.
Before being elected as an MLA, he worked in the private sector and was part-owner of a wilderness tourism business. His experience in government includes serving in cabinet, in a variety of portfolios, for 8 ½ years.
The next election must be held by late 2021.
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