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Dave Weir will run as the Yukon NDP’s candidate in Kluane in the upcoming territorial election, the party confirmed Thursday.
Weir was acclaimed as the district candidate Wednesday evening following the closing of the district nomination period.
The riding is held by the Yukon Party’s Wade Istchenko.
Weir is a self-employed contractor based in Haines Junction who works in construction and guiding.
He has guided groups in B.C., Alaska, the Sea of Cortez, Patagonia, Labrador, Antarctica and in the High Arctic.
His construction company focuses on creativity, effective management and on providing local employment.
“We need leadership in my district that will bring people together; that will build meaningful dialogue and action in our communities and help heal divides,” said Weir.
“I live in a beautiful place filled with beautiful people, and that’s what makes me passionate about Kluane. I’m running because I believe that with the Yukon NDP, I can help amplify the voices of those people.”
Yukoners are facing many issues, globally and locally, whether that’s economic development, climate change, or a lack of affordable housing, Weir added.
“We need to act now in a way that builds a better world for our children and for generations to come.”
Weir previously served on both the school council and village council of Haines Junction.
He said he wants to encourage innovation while maintaining the utmost respect for the land.
“As a small business person, and someone who has helped shape local decision-making before, I’m always looking for opportunities to use the strengths we already have to innovate,” he said.
“I’ve launched a website for my candidacy as a starting point for discussion on new ways forward and where people can check out my ideas for Kluane.”
The NDP has announced 14 candidates (either confirmed or vying for nomination), with more to be announced in the coming weeks.
“Dave is one of those people who sees an obstacle and says, ‘let’s get to work,’ whether that’s leading people in the High Arctic or building homes,” said NDP Leader Kate White.
“It’s that sort of work ethic and unstoppable spirit that we need right now. Dave is passionate about bringing people together and tackling big issues head-on.”
Over the decades, the riding has been represented by Liberal Alice McGuire, the late Bill Brewster of the Conservatives/Yukon Party, and Gary McRobb of the NDP and the Liberals.
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