Four new mayors elected in NWT municipal elections

Hillary Deneron is one of the NWT's newest Mayors elected this week in Fort Liard. (Photo submitted by Hillary Deneron)

After a recount yesterday, the results are in from Monday’s Hamlet and District Education Authority elections held in Fort Liard.

It was an extremely close race for mayor with Hillary Deneron becoming the mayor-elect. She won by a three vote margin, 71 votes to her uncle Mike Gonet’s 68.

Eight candidates were in the race for the six seats on council. Joining Deneron on the Hamlet council are: Julia Capot-Blanc, Colin Woehl, Kathy Hardisty, Cathy Marie Kotchea, Eva Hope, and Herbert Berreault.

Deneron told CKLB after the election, that the hamlet council will be looking for a full-time Senior Administrative Officer and hopes to increase recreation programs for youth and the community in the New Year.

A total of ten candidates were also in the running for the six seats on the Fort Liard District Education Authority.
The new DEA members are: Christine Abela, Brenda Berreault, Tiffany Berreault, Janna Deneron, Syliva Sassie, Charlotte (Evelyn) Wilson.

There were also municipal elections in other communities across the NWT, including Fort Resolution. Patrick Simon beat incumbent mayor Louis Balsillie by 25 votes on Monday.

Elsewhere, Brandon Kimble won the mayor’s race in Enterprise by just one vote over Leonard “Joe” Lalonde. Further north in the Mackenzie and Beaufort Delta, Andrew Charlie was re-elected as mayor in Aklavik. Norman Anikina was elected in Sachs Harbour. In Tuktoyaktuk, Mayor Erwin Elias was acclaimed.

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Josh Campbell
Start your morning with the Splash on Denendeh Sunrise from 7:30-8:30am. Campbell was trained and mentored by longtime CKLB host and Gwich'in entertainer William Greenland. Prior to hosting the morning show and filling in on the Saturday Request Show, he had stints in the Yukon on CKRW the Rush, CBC North in Yellowknife, and began his broadcasting career at CJCD Mix 100. Before moving North he was born and raised on the banks of the Tobique River, the traditional territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Tobique Maliseet First Nation.