Megan Pizzo Lyall says Iqaluit city council needs fresh perspectives and that's why she's running for a council seat.

Pizzo Lyall says council also needs to focus on cooperation so it can start working towards long-term solutions.

"There has been a huge lack of communication," she says, "not just within council, but with the mayor to council, the mayor to Iqalummiut, and the most prominent issue is the communication between the administration and council."

Pizzo Lyall says building consensus is key, and only through cooperation will council be able to address the city's debt and infrastructure deficit. She says she's particularly concerned with problems she sees with its waste management.

"The landfill is an issue. You know if you drive out there everybody can see in plain sight that it's a mess and same with the sewage system," Pizzo Lyall says.

Pizzo Lyall is originally from Taloyoak but has lived in Iqaluit for the last eight years. She's a graduate of both Nunavut Sivuniksavut and the Environmental Technology Program at Nunavut Arctic College. She currently works for the Qikiqtani Inuit Association.

"I was raised on Inuk values," Pizzo Lyall says. "I grew up hunting, camping and fishing so my priorities were always with the land and respecting my elders and working together as people to make sure everybody is heard."

Nine people are running for Iqaluit city council, as well as three for mayor, in the Oct. 19 municipal election. CBC North will profile all 12 candidates.