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Samson Hartland

Hartland to make another run for council

Samson Hartland is hopeful Whitehorse voters will send him back to council chambers in the Oct. 18 election.

By Stephanie Waddell on August 31, 2018

Samson Hartland is hopeful Whitehorse voters will send him back to council chambers in the Oct. 18 election.

The city councillor announced his plans this morning to seek re-election.

“My wife, Lindsay, and I are so proud to call Whitehorse home and raise our kids here,” said Hartland.

“The decision to put my name forward for re-election was not taken lightly and involved a family discussion about the commitment required for service to the community.

“Our children support my decision to run for council, and understand it comes with some sacrifices.”

Hartland, who was raised in Whitehorse, said though there are sacrifices, his role as a councillor allows him to have time with his family, while also serving the community.

He continues to work at his full-time job as the executive director of the Yukon Chamber of Mines.

The time with his family would likely be further sacrificed if he opted to seek the mayoralty, Hartland said.

While his family had talked about him “serving more,” his kids were clear they want him to be continue to be at the swim meets, gymnastics practices and other activities that he’s often able to go to now.

“I put family first,” he said.

As he looks toward the next term of council, Hartland said, he wants to work toward improving the city’s procurement process, housing and financial management.

He pointed to concerns on the barriers placed on seniors and young families who want to live in the city, start a business or even visit the community.

One of the biggest issues the city is facing as a growing community is affordability. It’s important to work on ensuring residents are not negatively impacted and can stay in the community as it grows, he said.

Hartland highlighted his plans to continue working for greater transparency on “all proposed tax increases.”

That will include pushing for the implementation of an asset management plan “to maximize benefits, manage risk, and provide satisfactory levels of service to the public in a sustainable manner.”

He also noted there’s “a lot of great things” that the city has been working on.

Those include greater transparency with council’s voting record; efforts to improve the housing stock in the city through development incentives and support to Challenge on its supportive housing project; and improved relationships with local First Nations and more.

“There’s a lot this council has achieved,” he said.

“I have diligently applied myself during the past three years and remain dedicated to making Whitehorse a more affordable community, welcoming to all segments of our society,” Hartland said.

“I look forward to talking with people throughout the campaign about how the city can continue to improve its service levels, in the most efficient and transparent way possible.” 

He also outlined his career path.

Along with his current position at the mines chamber, he has been the project manager for the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce, and an executive assistant to then-Yukon Party cabinet minister Elaine Taylor.

He has also been a small business owner when he had Grizzly Collectibles, for which he won the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Previous to his current term, Hartland served as a councillor from 2000 to 2003.

In the 2015 election, he collected 2,131 votes, taking the sixth and final seat available to a councillor.

Comments (11)

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Scott Etches on Sep 21, 2018 at 10:34 pm

Thank you Councilor Hartland for your time and consideration for my concerns. You have been very respectful and I do believe you will take them under consideration. There is nothing more I could ask from an elected representative.

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Arn Anderson on Sep 7, 2018 at 8:30 am

I nearly fell off my seat reading this seat laughing. You can watch and read his carefully orchestrated backstabbing behaviors in council and the media. He supports the mayor when convenient and stabs him in the back through social media.

Read his delusional statements in the article, a lot of hot air but hasn't followed through on any of them. What Berlin Walls has Samson bulldozed down? He has no vision for the city, only vision for his personal ego, his statements vs his city accomplishment record says all what needs to be said. Go follow some buses around Samson.

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Lost In the Yukon on Sep 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm

I'll vote for anyone who promises not to raise taxes, be fiscally responsible, stop the current mayor's vanity project, and supports passing a recall bylaw.

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Wilf Carter on Sep 3, 2018 at 1:35 pm

Politco who are you? Tell Yukoners your name.

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Politico on Sep 3, 2018 at 12:35 am

The only thing Hartland stands for is private enterprise making money off the city. He opposes any city owned buildings so private enterprise can make money off renting buildings to the city. Any improvement to transit costs too much money. Canada Games Centre takes money from private enterprise even though they can offer nothing equivalent. And let's just mine the whole city and let the tax payers cover the recovery costs because that's what miners do. He's a Trumpeter in disguise.

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north_of_60 on Sep 2, 2018 at 1:50 pm

Hartland is one of the few on Council who is there to represent the taxpayer. Too many are there to promote a liberal-socialist agenda and fund special interest groups to buy votes.

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Allan Foster on Sep 1, 2018 at 11:00 am

Closest thing to a fiscally conservative member of the current City Council will probably get my vote.

If he promises to do something about the road warriors on second and fourth avenue I'll campaign for him.

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My Opinion on Aug 31, 2018 at 11:13 pm

I hope Dan Boyd can be convinced to run again as well.

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My Opinion on Aug 31, 2018 at 11:12 pm

Samson has done a great job we just need more people like him.
Just vote for the good ones. Any additional picks only hurt the odds and are votes against the ones that you really want. That is how are system works.

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drum on Aug 31, 2018 at 5:58 pm

Good for him. He is a good man. He and David Laxton would be a great team.

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ProScience Greenie on Aug 31, 2018 at 3:56 pm

OK guy and about the only councillor that holds the City's feet to the fire. More like that needed.

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