Three NWT MLA’s will be acclaimed in the October 1st territorial election. After nominations closed on Friday afternoon it was revealed Speaker and Monfwi MLA Jackson Lafferty will be acclaimed for a second consecutive term. Sonny Blake is also unopposed in the Mackenzie Delta, and RJ Simpson in Hay River North will also be acclaimed.
Premier Bob McLeod, currently the longest serving premier in Canada will not be seeking re-election in Yellokwnife South. He quietly told media he would not be running again.
Yellowknife North MLA and incumbent candidate Cory Vanthuyne says he was surprised by the lack of formal announcement from McLeod.
In total there are 22 female candidates, a record number of women on the ballot in the NWT. Visit the Elections NWT website for information on all 58 confirmed candidates seeking election October 1st.