The two men who want to represent Kugluktuk in the Nunavut legislature promise to take the concerns of Nunavut's most westerly constituency thousands of kilometres east to Iqaluit.

Located 2,100 kilometres and two time zones west of the Nunavut capital, Kugluktuk is closer to the Northwest Territories than most parts of the territory.

"Kugluktuk is pretty far west from Iqaluit, and at times most people feel like they're isolated looking in from the outside," said Peter Taptuna, who is running against Donald Havioyak in the Oct. 27 territorial election.

The Kugluktuk electoral constituency consists of the hamlet of the same name, with a population of 1,302. Taptuna and Havioyak are running there, in a race that opened up after MLA Joe Allen Evygotailak stepped down in August.

Havioyak, who represented Kugluktuk in Nunavut's first legislative assembly in 1999, said he would improve communication between his constituents and the government.

"I want to work on that, to make sure all the issues are raised to the appropriate department and appropriate ministers," Havioyak said.

He added that his work experience, most recently as president of the Kitikmeot Inuit Association and as a community representative for mining company Oz Minerals Ltd., gives him an advantage.

"That's what I'm basing my platform on: the experience that the candidates need to [have] in the legislative assembly," he said.

Taptuna, who served as Kugluktuk's deputy mayor and has worked at the local hunters and trappers organization, said he would try to create opportunities for Kugluktuk residents to be more involved with government matters.

As for his rival's experience, Taptuna said Havioyak already had a chance to represent Kugluktuk in government: "The other candidate was in the first government and had a little tough go around there," he said.

Both Havioyak and Taptuna said the race leading up to Oct. 27 is extremely close.