Current Salt River First Nation Chief Frieda Martselos announced on Tuesday she plans to run for Thebacha MLA.
Incumbent Louis Sebert, former constituency assistant Denise Yuhas, and entrepreneur and former newspaper publisher Don Jaque have already pledged to campaign for the position. The territorial election will be held on October 1.
“It is with humility and respect that I have decided to put my name forward for MLA,” Martselos wrote in an open letter to Fort Smith residents.
“I believe Fort Smith needs a strong, proven leader with the skills and experience to achieve your mandate – a leader with compassion, excellent communication skills, and a record of positive results.”
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In a letter to Salt River council and members dated August 18, Martselos said her last day as chief would be August 30. The First Nation’s general election will be held on September 16.
“Thank you for giving me the amazing opportunity to be your leader for so many terms,” she wrote. “Your mandate was my mandate, it was a truly rewarding experience I will cherish forever.”
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