WHITEHORSE, YUKON – Kate White and the Yukon NDP announced three new candidates running for nomination in advance of the 2021 territorial election.

Accessibility advocate and NGO consultant Colette Acheson is running in Porter Creek South. Student and writer Saba Javed is running in Copperbelt North. Local photographer Erik Pinkerton is running in Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes.

Watch the full announcement here.

“I’m proud to be building a team of candidates who understand the problems people in the Yukon face right now and are ready to do the work to find solutions,” said Yukon NDP Leader Kate White. “Together, we’re going to put people first in every decision we make. That’s how we’ll deliver the results people need.”

Over 60 people tuned in to watch the announcement on Zoom and on Facebook Live.

“People are making tough choices right now between a trip to the dentist or a trip to the grocery store, between getting a cavity filled or paying their phone bill. I know that because my family has made those choices too,” said Mount Lorne-Southern Lakes candidate Erik Pinkerton. “I don’t think it has to be that way and I’m running with Kate because I know she doesn’t either. We’re going to work to make life more affordable for people.”

“I’m a student and like a lot of people my age, the hunt for affordable housing has been almost impossible. People are getting priced out,” said Copperbelt North candidate Saba Javed, “I’m running with Kate White and the NDP to make our housing market actually work for people.”

“In my work, I’ve seen the cost to families and small business when the government’s plans don’t consider all Yukoners. Everybody deserves to take part in a healthy economy, and have options for affordable and accessible housing, transportation, and healthcare,” said Porter Creek South candidate Colette Acheson. “I’m proud to be on Kate’s team. She’s always ready to listen to people and fight for what they need. I’m running to do the same.”

13 Yukon NDP nomination candidates have been announced so far for the 2021 territorial election.