Former St. Vital Coun. Gord Steeves is the first Winnipegger to declare a 2014 mayoral run – for certain.
Steeves, who sat on city council from 2000 to 2011, has called a press conference for 1 p.m. on Monday at Assiniboine Park.
Steeves, who works as a lawyer for the firm D’Arcy & Deacon, sent out invitations this week to "an announcement" but declined to say what that is about. Sources have confirmed it is a mayoral-run announcement.
In June, Steeves said he was considering a run.
"Winnipeg seems to be two cities, almost. I see people who are doing very, very well and I love that. But I also see large parts of the city going in the exact opposite direction," he said at the time.
"I don't blame anyone in particular for that, but I don't know that's on its way to resolution right now. And as a person who lives in this city, cares about it and wants it to do well, I have to try to help."
A federal Liberal for much of his career, Steeves ran as a Progressive Conservative candidate in the 2011 provincial election but lost to NDP incumbent Theresa Oswald. At city council, he sat on executive policy committee for seven years and served on council alongside former mayor Glen Murray and current Mayor Sam Katz.
Winnipeg's next civic election is less than 12 months away, on Oct. 22, 2014. Katz, now serving his third term, has not ruled out seeking a fourth term next fall.
Lawyer Brian Bowman, former mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Couns. Scott Fielding (St. James-Brooklands) and Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) are also mulling mayoral runs. Steeves is the first to commit.