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Steeves steps down, will run as PC in Seine River

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Gord Steeves stepped down today as councillor for St. Vital to run as a Progressive Conservative candidate in Seine River.

With his departure, Mayor Sam Katz today appointed Councillor Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo) as the chair of the Standing Policy Committee on Protection and Community Services.

Havixbeck, a rookie councillor elected last fall, will assume Steeves’ duties in September, once the summer prorogation of city council ends.

"Councillor Gord Steeves has been a vocal, thoughtful, and dedicated member of council who has served passionately on Executive Policy Committee and as a knowledgeable member of the protection and community services committee," Katz said in a statement.

"Whether it concerned issues of public safety, recreational facilities, or neighbourhood bylaws, councillor Steeves always rolled up his sleeves to make our city a better place and I wish him well."

Steeves will run against NDP incumbent Health Minister Theresa Oswald, who was first elected in 2003.

Steeves, a lawyer, was elected as a city councilor in 2000.

Steeves announced his intention to run for provincial office in June, one day after the Free Press reported it.

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Updated on Friday, August 26, 2011 at 1:15 PM CDT: amends when Steeves announced plans to run

1:55 PM: Adds when Havixbeck will take new role

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