Iqaluit lawyer Anne Crawford to contest Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu
Crawford says she'll focus on education, communities
Iqaluit lawyer and Apex resident Anne Crawford filed a declaration of candidacy Sept. 25 to run Oct. 28 in the Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu riding, which includes Apex and the Tundra Valley and Tundra Ridge subdivisions of Iqaluit.
Crawford has lived in Nunavut for more than 30 years and has held several key positions in the territory, including three terms as the Government of the Northwest Territories’ conflict of interest commissioner, cabinet secretary for the Government of Nunavut, president of the Qulliq Energy Corp., and northern director of the Akitsiraq Law School Society.
In 2012, she became principal secretary for the president of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., with responsibility for the president’s office and political relations with other agencies.
Crawford has served on the Apex District Education Authority since 1988. She taught at Nanook school in the 1990s and at Nunavut Arctic College for 10 years.
On her “crawford4mla” blog, Crawford describes herself as “Nunavummiut, mother, berry picker, lawyer, CEO, advisor, realist, DEA member, homeowner, Conflict of Interest Commissioner, land claims negotiator, business owner, public servant, board member, optimist, Akitsiraq teacher and promoter, economist, knitter, calligrapher, student, language lover, professor, daughter, traveller, Regional Superintendent GNWT, numerati, cook, origami folder, puppy raiser, Deputy Minister, sister, writer, Director of Child Welfare, advocate, redhead, tea drinker, Nunavut Arbitration Panel member, [and] house builder.”
Reached Sept. 25, Crawford said she decided to run in this territorial election because her children are now grown — and because she feels strongly about seeing certain issues being brought out during the campaign.
Crawford said she then realized that “I have to participate to make that happen.”
Improving the quality of education in Nunavut is among her chief concerns, she said, adding that it’s time to start “putting the steps in place” for Nunavummiut to get a better education.
Crawford also said there needs to be a renewed focus on “community” within the GN — after three legislative sessions devoted mainly to building the new government, she said it’s time to talk about the territory’s communities and the people who live in Nunavut
Crawford called it a “humbling experience” to run for public office.
“You begin by asking your family, and then your friends for their support in a new venture which is sure to disrupt their lives and distract you from your times with them,” she said on her blog. “You inquire of acquaintances if they are willing to help with campaign tasks. And you sit and listen to campaign volunteers who tell you that you need to be clearer, more specific, use shorter words and sentences, smile more and turn your head a bit to the left for the campaign photo… just a bit more…. good, now don’t move.”
While Crawford intends to use social media to reach out to voters during her campaign, she said she also plans to meet with as many of the riding’s residents as she can.
Jack Anawak, a former MLA for Rankin Inlet North and Liberal member of Parliament for the old federal riding of Nunatsiaq, announced last week that he intended to run in Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu.
Other candidates for the riding include Methusalah Kunuk and Duncan Cunningham, who filed their declarations of candidacy Sept. 24.
Watch for more candidate profiles during the territorial election campaign on Nunatsiaqonline.ca.