Fort Smith, N.W.T. mayoral candidates face off in forum

Fort Smith, N.W.T. mayoral candidates face off in forum

The two mayoral candidates in Fort Smith, Northwest Territories were the latest to face off in an election forum last night. Voters in town will go to the polls Oct. 19.

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Fort Smith voters will also select a new town council October 19. There are 13 candidates vying to fill eight seats on council.

Current town councillor Lynn Napier-Buckley is taking on incumbent Brad Brake for mayor.

During last night's forum, Brake made his best case to stay in his position, saying he's shown proven, competent leadership over the last three years.

"I've spent a lot of time to enhance the relationship with the employees. Enhance the relationship with the community groups," Brake said.

"We're moving forward. We've got the Arctic Winter Games coming winter 2018. You don't change horses mid-stream."

Napier-Buckley thinks she can do a better job than Brake.

"One of the things that I had heard from people in the community is that they weren't being heard, that they needed somebody to represent their voice," she said.

"I'm connected to the community members and I will do the best to represent their points of view, as well."

Napier-Buckley says her biggest priorities are staff training and capital planning.

Brake's priorities are in-ground infrastructure, fiscal responsibility and transparency.

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