Fresh out of jail, incumbent Michael Nadli is seeking re-election as MLA for the Deh Cho. Nadli was released from jail last month after serving about one-sixth of his 45-day sentence for an assault in Fort Providence last April. Nadli pleaded guilty in June and was diverted to the domestic violence treatment option court. He was suspended as MLA upon his conviction but was released from custody in time to file his nomination papers and run again.
His name was entered on the Elections NWT website just before nominations closed, Oct. 30. He declined to comment when News/North called him that morning.
Had he remained in jail for his entire sentence, Nadli would not have been eligible to seek re-election. Nadli is up against Ronald Bonnetrouge, Lyle Fabian and Gregory Nyuli.
Some districts have several candidates; only one MLA will be acclaimed
One of the more interesting races for MLA is shaping up in Nahendeh in the territory's southwest. No less than six candidates are challenging incumbent Kevin Menicoche. Meanwhile, a name from the past surfaced in the Mackenzie Delta riding. Former longtime MLA David Krutko has thrown his hat into the ring. The former cabinet minister and speaker of the legislative assembly served as MLA from 1995 to 2011 when he retired. He will be running against incumbent Frederick Blake Jr. as well as William Firth and Norman Snowshoe.
Only one candidate is running unopposed, incumbent Jackson Lafferty in Monfwi.
Sign on school board property to be removed
Yellowknife Centre candidate Julie Green was expected to take down a campaign sign elected on property belonging to Yellowknife Education District No. 1 on Oct. 30.
“We can't take it down (ourselves),” said Yk1 superintendent Metro Huculak. “Can you imagine a Yk1 truck going to set up signs? We cannot show favouritism. As a district we support everyone.
“People will think that as a district we are supporting a particular candidate. Because we are a public body we don't show favouritism to any particular candidate. All candidates should be treated the same.” The sign was erected beside Franklin Avenue, on school board property between Mildred Hall School and the board office.
Green said she thought the sign was on city property. She said there was a Michael McLeod sign on the same sport for the entire federal election campaign. Green said it was an honest mistake and expected the sign to be removed later in the day on Oct. 30. Green is running in Yellowknife Centre against incumbent Robert Hawkins.