Journalist Josh Campbell says that if elected to city council, he would be open with media and the public, and hold government to account.
He says greater transparency and accountability at city hall are the driving forces behind his bid for a seat on city council.
Campbell said he was “stonewalled” by the city after asking questions about specific bylaw officers who were accused of being rough with members of the public.
“Do we have a bylaw enforcement division or do we have a police department? If we’re going to have a police department then we have to go down a different avenue, look at different funding and training for these people,” said Campbell.
“I want to see that culture of entitlement addressed.”
The host of current affairs show Denendeh Sunrise on CKLB radio, Campbell said he will refrain from covering City Hall if elected.
Councillors regularly hold closed-door meetings and deal with matters classified as confidential. When asked how Campbell, who deals in breaking stories getting scoops, would earn the trust of his fellow councillors, the candidate shrugged his shoulders and said, “We’ll have to see, I guess.”
In addition to journalism, Campbell has done public relations work for former NDP MP Dennis Bevington, the Yellowknives Dene First Nation, the Union of Northern Workers, and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, among others.
Having lived in the territory for more than a decade, Campbell said he is committed to Yellowknife and hopes to one day be a member of the legislative assembly.
The first-time candidate threw his endorsement behind Kilt and Castle Pub owner Bob Stewart, whom Campbell views as a drain-the-swamp candidate.
“It’s time to hit the reset button on City Hall and have some people who are invested,” he said, “instead of these career politicians.”