Dez Loreen is an Inuvik town councillor once again.
Noting Coun. Alfred Moses has resigned, councillors voted unanimously to offer the seat to the next eligible candidate in votes during their Feb. 23 meeting. Council could have also called for a byelection or left the seat vacant until the next election, which will be in 2024.
“I’m really happy to continue working for my community and I’m grateful for the opportunity,” said Loreen. “Two and a half more years! Let it roll! I learned a lot in my first term and I can’t wait to apply that knowledge in my second.”
Loreen announced his candidacy for mayor months before the municipal election. He withdrew from that race in August and ran as a councillor instead, coming in ninth place by just three votes.