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DETERMINING THE ORDER – Norma Felker (left), the returning officer for the Oct. 18 municipal election, and Freda Smith, the alternate returning officer, draw the mayoral candidates’ names for their ballot positions early this afternoon in city council chambers.

Twenty-five Yukoners present their candidacies for Oct. 18

A total of 25 names will grace the ballots for the Oct. 18 Whitehorse municipal election.

By Stephanie Waddell on September 27, 2018

A total of 25 names will grace the ballots for the Oct. 18 Whitehorse municipal election.

Nominations closed at noon today.

Five people have put their names forward for mayor.

Another 20 have volunteered their names for one of six positions of councillor.

While it’s expected those numbers won’t change, candidates do have 96 hours to withdraw from the election.

Challenging incumbent Mayor Dan Curtis are Wilf Carter, Rick Karp, Colin LaForme and Kelly Suits.

Carter and Karp have previously challenged Curtis for the role.

Karp was the first to challenge Curtis in 2012, when Curtis won his first term with 2,375 votes. In that election, Karp took 1,100 votes, placing second.

Meanwhile, Carter ran for mayor in the 2015 election, taking 835 votes in second place compared to 4,640 for Curtis, who steamrolled his way to his second term.

The list for councillor candidates include five of the current councillors hoping to return to chambers.

Councillors Jocelyn Curteanu, Dan Boyd, Samson Hartland, Betty Irwin and Roslyn Woodcock are all seeking re-election, leaving Coun. Rob Fendrick as the only member not running. He is planning to move to Carcross.

Inside council chambers late this morning, returning officer Norma Felker was on hand to accept the last of the nomination forms that came in.

She noted most had gotten their paperwork in prior to today, with just six arriving this morning.

By the last hour, all nominations had come in, with no prospective candidates opting to remain to see where their name will end up on the ballot.

The number of candidates is similar to 2015, when 22 people ran for council and three sought the mayoralty.

After the nominations closed, names were drawn from a hat to determine ballot order for the candidates.

In this vote, the ballot for mayor will see Suits listed as the first candidate, followed by Carter, Curtis, LaForme and Karp. (No information about Suits’ background or candidacy was available before press time this afternoon.)

The ballot order for councillor candidates will be:

Eileen Melynchuk;
Steve Roddick;
Darrell Hookey;
Scott Etches;
David Laxton;
Mike Gladish;
Leonard Boniface;
Cory Adams;
Jan Stick;
Jim Cahill;
Laura Cabott;
Danny Macdonald;
Andrew Smith;
Kim Lisgo; and
Oshea Jephson.
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Comments (19)

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Scott Etches on Oct 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm

I appreciate that all the candidates have put their names forward in fighting to make our community a better place to live. If you don't have the time or energy to do the same, I hope you vote. Community is made by contribution.

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jean on Oct 3, 2018 at 8:01 pm

It's really too bad that Wilf didn't run for Councilor. He's got some good ideas and I would have voted for him in that position. Maybe if he showed that he was an effective councilor then I might seriously consider him a worthy Mayor candidate.

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jean on Oct 3, 2018 at 7:58 pm

I agree with the comments about two candidate adopting a 'slate'. Why would I want two councilors who always vote together? I might vote for Stick based on her past record as an effective councilor. However Roddick has made comments about issues that don't concern the City Councilor's job and he uses emotional rhetoric to pander votes from special interest groups. We already have enough of that causing problems with the present Council, we don't need more like that. We need common sense based Councilors who exercise fiscal prudence and spend our tax dollars wisely to benefit everyone.

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Wilf Carter on Oct 3, 2018 at 3:00 pm

Wood cutter that's what I did for years.

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Yukon Watchdog on Oct 3, 2018 at 8:12 am

Why didn't Dan Boyd run for mayor? Such a shame. He would have been the best option - without a doubt.

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YukonMax on Oct 3, 2018 at 7:55 am

Pick a community...Overheard a couple years ago at a public gathering..."Greetings, my name is so and so, I am this department manager, my spouse name is so and so and he is this department manager, another family member manages this department and my daddy is the mayor.

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Woodcutter on Oct 1, 2018 at 10:59 pm

Wilf is smart man, active and experienced, no doubt about that. Better for him to be behind the curtain pulling levers.

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north_of_60 on Oct 1, 2018 at 9:28 pm

Irwin Armstrong was a much more colorful perennial mayor candidate than the one vying for that position now.

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Ivy Piper on Oct 1, 2018 at 6:23 pm

The Steve Roddick and Jan stick thing a big joke who’s idea was that??!!
Darrell Hookey how many jobs has he been fired from in the Yukon?
Rick Karp is so a bully.
Who is Kelly suits ?
Colin another person who has barely lived here and is from Ontario. omg
Poor Wilf Carter

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I'm confused on the slate thing on Oct 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm

So I vote for Jan and I have to take Steve too?
if both get elected then does only one show up to council meetings because they both vote the same way on all decisions?

How are we getting a variety of opinions if these two are going to vote the same on everything?
Thanks to both for running; I just don't understand a slate in a municipal setting.

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Vote Smartly on Oct 1, 2018 at 10:11 am

Please vote for who you want and not for the top 6 listed candidates for councilor or top listed candidate for mayor. If you do that, you're wasting your votes and would be better off not voting at all. And, as another poster mentioned, you don't have to vote for 6 if you do not agree with 6 of their stances.

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Ilove Parks on Sep 29, 2018 at 6:18 pm

I also want all candidates to think about quiet enjoyment of a person's home.

Why are people who do not have insurance or plates allowed to rev trail bikes and quads near homes at 1 am? Why does bylaw allow this? All these vehicles ripping along the Alaska Highway do not comply with the bylaws and enforcement is nowhere to be seen.

This problem is everywhere in town and it gets worse every year. I sincerely ask all candidates if they will deal with this problem. At a town hall I attended it was the number 1 problem.

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My Opinion on Sep 29, 2018 at 1:51 pm

Just Vote for one Mayor candidate and up tp six councillors. As a matter of fact only vote for the exact ones you want to have for sure on council, because any others that you vote for tend to cancel out your other votes. It's the way this system works and it Highly favours some over others.

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BnR on Sep 29, 2018 at 7:45 am

So Wilf old boy, you've studied architectural design, commerce, engineering.
Are you:
-an architect?
-an economist?
-an engineer?
Just exactly WHAT are you?
And please don't keep blaming your (claimed) dyslexia for your complete inability to form coherent comments.

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Ilove Parks on Sep 28, 2018 at 5:39 pm

What is most effective as far as voting? Should we vote for 2 mayor candidates and 2 councillors?

Rick Karp is looking pretty good as a candidate for mayor. He is on every board he has time for because he cares and he is not a bully if I can be candid and say that in these comments.

Potential councillors, please be clear about what you can offer us. It's so disappointing to hear meaningless things, representing us is serious business.
I also want to hear more about tackling crime and affordable housing and dealing with drunks and bad driving.

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Wilf Carter on Sep 28, 2018 at 2:18 pm

Patti - I have dyslexia and can't read or write properly. But I managed to study architectural design, commerce and engineering and hold positions in the Yukon Manager of Revenue Requirement at Northwestel, CAO at Village of Teslin and work with municipalities in Yukon and with CAFN as director of housing, properties, subdivisions, housing and a team member on a lot of other things like rewriting the municipal act developing budgeting programs which this does not follow.
Thanks for the help whom ever you are Patti

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My Opinion on Sep 27, 2018 at 8:27 pm

Bye Bye Dan.

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Patti Eyre on Sep 27, 2018 at 5:11 pm

Does anybody read Wilf Carter's comments on facebook? He really, really needs someone to edit those posts. Prayer might help him, because the lord knows he needs a lot of it

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Need change on Sep 27, 2018 at 4:49 pm

So which 6 horses win this race.

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