Runner-up in Iqaluit election says he’d be ‘happy’ to fill vacant council seat
Lewis Falkiner MacKay garnered 110 fewer votes than Jack Anawak, who resigned from council Monday
When Iqaluit’s newly elected city council meets for the first time on Tuesday, one of its first decisions will be how to fill a seat left open by the resignation of Jack Anawak.
Under the Nunavut Elections Act, council has the choice to either appoint the runner-up in the last election to the role or hold a public call-out to pick a new councillor.
The act does not give the option to hold a byelection for councillors.
In the Oct. 23 municipal election in Iqaluit, Lewis Falkiner MacKay finished ninth with 525 votes. Anawak won the eighth council seat with 635 votes.
“I would be happy to take on the position on council if chosen,” MacKay said in an interview Friday.
He noted a large portion of the vote went to him, giving him what he believes is a mandate. If appointed to council, he intends to fulfill the promises he made in his campaign platform.
That includes upgrades to Iqaluit’s road network, with new turning lanes and traffic lights, and creating a prioritized list of projects from the city’s transportation master plan. He also wants to see more land rezoned to allow for housing development and more transparency in city hall.
That includes, he said, a call for council to “establish and publish clear and transparent rules on how it will appoint future councillors,” MacKay said.
Council’s first meeting is scheduled for Nov. 14.