Cynthia Mufandaedza

Age: 40
Family Status: Married with two daughters, ages seven and 10
Time in Yellowknife: Seven years
Experience relevent to the job: Business owner, 15 employees, run on a territorial level. Best Movers Dash event design and rentals

Another business owner has thrown her hat into the ring for city council.

Cynthia Mufandaedza says keeping property taxes low is critical to solving a number of issues in the city. As the owner of Best Movers and Dash Event Design and Rentals, Mufandaedza said she understands the benefits of keeping those taxes low more than other candidates.

“Being a business owner in town, I understand issues that maybe some candidates might not understand on a first-hand basis,” said Mufandaedza. “One of the things that I would like to see in Yellowknife is voting for a no increase in property tax.”

Mufandaedza said keeping property taxes low will lead to a domino effect of improved cost of living, downtown revitalization and allow for more economic diversity beyond diamond mining.

“Being in the business that I am in, I have had the privilege to talk to people as to why they are leaving Yellowknife at the point that they are packing up to leave,” said Mufandaedza.

“One thing that is constant is the cost of living. If a property tax increase is voted on that would deter that initiative for us to develop Yellowknife . . . I do understand that if my property tax is raised it means I have to raise my rate for customers and I cannot give a raise to my employees to spend money, that’s what I bring to the table.”

Mufandaedza said she wants to give overworked parents a voice on city council by finding ways to put more money into people’s pockets. She said a healthy work/life balance is the key to a healthy community by allowing families more time together.
While she acknowledges there are other business owners running for council, Mufandaedza said her voice as a women running a small, locally owned business will still bring a new perspective to council.

“Definitely we do need to see more woman getting into politics, and we do need to find that balance,” said Mufandaedza. “We bring a lot of experience and a lot of different mindsets to the table.”