Incumbent mayor in Tuktoyaktuk doesn’t want any votes on election day – North

There are community elections taking place across the Northwest Territories, but in Tuktoyaktuk the mayor doesn’t want any votes.

When Tuktoyaktuk residents vote for mayor on Monday, they will have the option to vote for four candidates who’ve each had years of political experience.

But one of those listed, incumbent Darrel Nasogaluak, says he doesn’t want anyone to vote for him.

Darrel Nasogaluak, mayor of Tuktoyaktuk, has his name on the mayoral candidate list, but doesn’t want any votes. (David Thurton/CBC)

“I missed the withdrawal date but I’ve let the community know that I’ve withdrawn,” Nasogaluak said.

The other candidates are John Steen Jr., who has previous experience on council, and former mayors Calvin Pokiak and Merven Gruben.

Nasogaluak says he has confidence in all three of them, and that they are all capable of the job.

The other reason he’s taking his name out of contention is that he’s running for a position at the Tuktoyaktuk Community Corporation, and wants to focus on one organization at a time.

Three still want Tuktoyaktuk votes

Steen has about five years of experience on council, including a stint as deputy mayor.

He says it’s important that the federal government become aware of how severe the issue of shoreline erosion is, and that a plan to protect the community needs to be a priority.

“I don’t understand why they would build a road all the way to our community and not protect the community,” said Steen.

Gruben says it’s great to see how competitive the race is this year.

“It’s really exciting times for our community as everybody knows the road is officially opened to Tuk and there is some exciting times and opportunity, but nobody is really doing anything about it,” he said.

The new 137 kilometre all-weather gravel road connecting Tuktoyaktuk to Inuvik is on candidate’s minds as they go into Monday’s mayoral election. (James MacKenzie/GNWT/Canadian Press)

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