Gravel a priority in Chesterfield Inlet as 3 vie for mayor’s seat
Incumbent Mayor Anthony Amauyak facing deputy mayor Mary Ann Issaluk and resident Simionie Sammurtok
Leading up to Nunavut’s Oct. 23 municipal elections, Nunatsiaq News is publishing snapshots of races in the territory’s 25 communities.
Chesterfield Inlet’s mayor wants to keep his job as he faces the hamlet’s deputy mayor and a fellow resident in next week’s municipal election.
Anthony Amauyak, the incumbent candidate, told Nunatsiaq News through an email interpreted from Inuktitut that he wants to be re-elected in order to help his community more.
He said that he has been mayor or served on council on and off since 2007 and has worked as a hamlet employee for 20 years.
Amauyak said he wants to address the shortage of gravel in Chesterfield Inlet and work toward generating a large stockpile of it. Gravel is used in road repairs and construction.
To build that stockpile, Amauyak said he is working with the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Community and Government Services to access more funding.
He added he believes his experience as mayor makes him a good candidate, as he knows how the system works.
Amauyak is running against deputy mayor Mary Ann Issaluk and Simionie Sammurtok.
Nunatsiaq News attempted to contact Issaluk and Sammurtok multiple times. Neither could be reached for interview.
Chesterfield Inlet is a Kivalliq community with a population of 397, according to the 2021 census.
The Inuktitut name for the community is Igluligaarjuk, which means place with a few Thule houses. According to the Nunavut Planning Commission, ancient Thule tent rings are one of the many archeological findings in the area.
The planning commission names Chesterfield Inlet as Nunavut’s oldest continuing community, dating back to 1910.
There is a race for the hamlet’s alcohol education committee as well. The candidates, as listed on the Elections Nunavut website, are Randy Boiteau, Gaetano Scala, Yvonne Bedford, Roy Mullins, Russell Mullins, Shawna Mullins, Gardner Walters and Peter Kattegatsiak Jr.
The candidates in the race for the district education authority are Roy Mullins, Yvonne Bedford, Gaetano Scala, David Kattegatsiak, Russell Mullins, Doriana Sammurtok, Geraldine Kreelak, Louie Kukkiak, Simon Aggark, Jodi Tanuyak and Mary Ann Issaluk.
Chesterfield Inlet’s council is acclaimed. The new councillors are Gaetano Scala, Yvonne Bedford, Eddy Kalluk, Doriana Sammurtok, Venissa Mimialik, Charles Issaluk and Elizabeth Ippiak.