Hughie Graham is the second prospective candidate to announce their intention to run for MLA of Range Lake in the territory’s October 1 election.
Graham is expected to face incumbent Caroline Cochrane, currently the minister responsible for education, culture, employment, and the status of women.
“Collaboration and communication are two key pillars in my campaign,” wrote Graham in a news release announcing his run.
“I don’t see enough of either,” he said. “The lack of communication and collaboration puts us at risk as a territory both socially and economically.”
Graham stated he believes the NWT’s leadership needs to make a more concerted effort to tackle infrastructure, exploration, and reconciliation.
“I am that leader and decision-maker that can be both effective in collaboration and communication,” he said.
Graham has lived in Range Lake for more than 20 years, he wrote, and has served as president of the NWT Chamber of Commerce.
Graham is currently a senior commercial leasing manager with the territory’s Department of Infrastructure, according to the territorial government’s directory. He previously worked in the private sector in commercial real estate and electronics sales.