Mark Heyck, mayor of Yellowknife, pictured grilling hot dogs in summer 2015 at a city event. Ollie Williams/Cabin Radio
Yellowknife will have a new mayor in October this year after Mark Heyck announced he will not run for re-election.
Heyck first became a councillor in 2003 and was elected mayor in 2012. In a statement, he said more time with his children was his main reason for stepping back.
“I’ve been an elected official their entire lives. I am stepping back from politics and I’m eager to spend more time with my family over the next few years,” Heyck wrote.
“I love Yellowknife with all my heart and will continue to contribute to its wellbeing and vitality. I look forward to the challenges and opportunities that come with a change in life’s path.”
In his message to residents, Heyck lists 16 areas in which he felt he helped to drive accomplishments – among them work on energy options like biomass, the preservation of Tin Can Hill, the construction of the Somba K’e Civic Plaza, and the development of a 10-year plan to end homelessness in the city.