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Peter Grundmanis and Lorraine Graham

Pair seeks Yukon Party nominations in Mayo-Tatchun

The Yukon Party has a battle on its hands over the nomination in the Mayo-Tatchun riding.

By Whitehorse Star on February 17, 2021

The Yukon Party has a battle on its hands over the nomination in the Mayo-Tatchun riding.

Lorraine Graham and Peter Grundmanis have stepped forward as candidates.

Since late 2016, the riding has been represented by Don Hutton, who is the sole Liberal MLA not seeking re-election.

In a backgrounder released this morning, the Yukon Party described the two rivals.

Lorraine Graham has lived in Carmacks for 20 years, and has served the community in a variety of capacities. She is currently a member of village council, and is the deputy mayor.

Her prior experience includes a term on the local school council, 17 years as an emergency medical services (EMS) volunteer supervisor, and 20 years as an active ambulance attendant.

Graham also spent three years as chair of the Volunteer Ambulance Services Society, and was a justice of the peace for 12 years.

She has worked at the post office, the bank and the village office, and is currently employed by the territorial government as a supervisor for Yukon EMS.

She sits on the Yukon Housing Corp. board, Yukon College committee campus, and Carmacks Renewable Resource Council.

Grundmanis grew up in Elsa in the 1970s at the height of the United Keno Hill Mine operations. He graduated from JV Clark High School in Mayo and did his post-secondary at the University of Alberta.

He returned to the Yukon in 1990 and taught physical education, social studies, law and leadership at F.H. Collins Secondary School in Whitehorse for 27 years.

Grundmanis has coached high school and community volleyball, volunteered with Volleyball Yukon, and helped with both the Canada and Arctic Winter Games.

He is currently the executive director of the Yukon Schools Athletic Association. He maintains a cabin in central Yukon, and frequently returns to enjoy the area with his family.

“A contested nomination is just another sign that people are excited to run for the Yukon Party so that Yukoners can have a government of action for a change,” said party leader Currie Dixon.

“We have many Yukoners who are willing to become part of the Yukon Party team, and I thank Lorraine and Peter for putting their names forward.

“Now is the time for party members in Mayo-Tatchun to choose who they want to see on the ballot in the upcoming territorial election.”

Nomination contestants will be given the chance to make a 10-minute presentation and take questions from members during a virtual nomination meeting set for March 3. The nomination will be decided via a telephone vote on March 4.

Comments (9)

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beaker on Feb 22, 2021 at 2:06 pm

@rex...so your voting for a profession or a person, don't quite understand the high horse non sense.

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Rex Davenport on Feb 22, 2021 at 12:16 am

@beaker, gym teacher, maths teacher, drama teacher...everyone gets stereotyped. Climb off your high horse.

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Beaker on Feb 21, 2021 at 9:06 am

@martin...the thing is I’m asking you. To stereotype ALL teachers seems a little liberal with a touch of NDP. As a fact Peter has taught many subjects and to delve into his career has volunteered a lot of his time for thousands of students over the course of his career. I would ask you to ask them specifically about the candidate not the profession.

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Former FH Student on Feb 19, 2021 at 9:41 am

I'd vote for Lorraine.

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martin on Feb 18, 2021 at 2:53 pm

@Beaker you can ask arts or science FH's students of the day and they'll tell you.

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Beaker on Feb 18, 2021 at 2:43 pm

@martin...somehow being a gym teacher, in your view, is a negative I don’t really understand that maybe you could explain. @corny Yukon, I do believe that living in the community does have some advantage but remember this is Mayo Pelly and Carmacks riding. These MLA’s spend 90% of their time in the big smoke where there needs to be a voice in the legislature hence living in Pelly really is irrelevant as long as the area is represented well.

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Yukon Cornelius on Feb 17, 2021 at 9:54 pm

Glad to see someone like Lorraine who is actually a community member that will represent community members in her region.
Peter has a cabin in Elsa and spends most of the time in Whitehorse apparently. That's not a true community member in my eye.

Lorraine also has significant Gov't experience at multiple levels and has given a great deal of personal time, sacrificed as a Yukon Ambulance supervisor. Honest care for her community.
I see also that Lorraine has been given positive support by long term Yukon Party member Brad Cathers.

My vote is easily for Lorraine.

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martin on Feb 17, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Gym teacher? No, thank you.

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Pierre on Feb 17, 2021 at 1:08 pm

All the way Peter bon chance.

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