Former MLA Robert Hawkins announces he’s running in Kam Lake riding in this fall’s territorial election

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A familiar face in Yellowknife and Northwest Territories politics has announced he intends to run in the Kam Lake riding in this October’s Territorial election.

Robert Hawkins, 48, told CKLB Thursday that he is throwing his hat into the ring.

Kieron Testart is the current MLA for Kam Lake.

Hawkins represented the Yellowknife Centre riding for three terms – from 2003 to 2015 – before being defeated in the last election.

From 2000 to 2003, Hawkins was a Yellowknife City Councillor.

He is the current executive director of the John Howard Society of Canada in Yellowknife.

Hawkins, a married father of two school-age sons, also owns and operates APEX Property Management and Pest Control.

He says he also has business partnerships in Kam Lake, and that’s one of the reasons he chose to run in that riding.

“I’m running, in part, because I am concerned about what I see as a lack of cooperation and teamwork in the current Legislative Assembly,” Hawkins said. “People are telling me that they are tired of not seeing their issues being given priority.”

Yellowknife lawyer Caroline Wawzonek, who is believed to be the only other non-incumbent declared to be running in Yellowknife, is taking on Premier Bob McLeod in Yellowknife South.

The election takes place on Oct. 1.

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John McFadden
John has been in the broadcast journalism industry since the 1980s. He has been a reporter in Yellowknife since 2012 and joined CKLB in January of 2018. John covers the crime and court beat as well as reporting on other areas including politics, business, entertainment and sports. He won seven national community newspaper awards while he was a journalist with Northern News Services Limited (NNSL). John worked in Ontario before coming North including stints as a TV sportscaster in Peterborough and senior news writer for CBC and CTV in downtown Toronto.