First Filipino woman elected official in Whitehorse, Yukon wins fourth term
Philippine-born Jocelyn Curteanu, who first won a Whitehorse City Council seat in 2012 won her fourth term last Oct. 21.
The 50-year-old mother of four came to Canada in1976, settling in different cities before finally striking roots in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada.
Curteanu joins the first Chinese Canadian woman in council – Melissa Murray, who topped the votes at 10.6%, or 3,546 ballots. Curteanu came in third at 2,857 votes or 8.5%.
She considered not running for another term but decided to return when it looked like there would be few other councillors seeking re-election.
Curteanu posted a “Thank you” on Facebook after winning the election.
“Thank you to everyone who voted, and for all the support and well wishes I’ve received. I’m humbled by your trust in electing me for a 4th term.
“I’m so excited to be able to work with an awesome team: Councillors-elect Mellisa Murray, Michelle Friesen, Ted Laking, Kirk Cameron, and fellow incumbent Dan Boyd with Mayor-elect Laura Cabott. – Congratulations
“I want to also extend my gratitude to our longest serving mayor, Dan Curtis, and Samson Hartland, Jan Stick, and Steve Roddick for their inspiring service.
“Last but certainly not least, many thanks to the candidates who put their lives on hold to step up and offer their service to our city. You are all amazing!
“Can’t wait to get back to work!!!”
Meanwhile, all the Filipino Canadian political aspirants in Alberta lost their bids, including Grace Yan who ran for Mayor of Calgary. Two women candidates are running in the Montreal municipal elections this November.