Saying he kept cabinet accountable during his first term in office, MLA Kevin O’Reilly has announced he will seek re-election in the Yellowknife riding of Frame Lake.
The territorial election will be held on October 1st, less than three weeks before the federal election on October 21.
In a news release, O’Reilly states that his priorities for the 19th Legislative Assembly priorities for the upcoming campaign include: real action on climate change, the need for a visitors’ centre in Yellowknife, the need to get things going on a polytechnic university and official recognition for College nordique francophone and Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning.
O’Reilly adds that he is running again because his first term in office was a good start.
“I was a leading and respected voice in the Legislative Assembly on the environment. I remain committed to social justice, transparency and accountability,” he stated in the release. “I want to build on the new legislation before the legislature and that planned for the next government. There is a lot more work ahead.”
O’Reilly has been a resident of Yellowknife since 1985, and has lived in the Frame Lake riding for the last 28 years.
He served as a Yellowknife City Councillor from 1997 to 2006.
O’Reilly holds degrees in Environmental Studies and Planning from University of Waterloo.
He has worked and volunteered in community engagement, collaborative planning and resource management with all levels of government and the non-profit sector.
O’Reilly is married with two adult children.
It’s believed his is only the second MLA to officially announce their intention to seek re-election, following Nahendeh MLA Shane Thompson earlier this month.