Scott Fielding turned his sights away from the mayor’s chair and is now focused on Broadway.
The city councillor from St. James-Brooklands announced today he will seek the PC nomination in Kirkfield Park.
Fielding was first elected to city hall in 2006. He was finance chair for several years and is currently chairman of the fledgling Winnipeg Police Board. He toyed publicly in the past year with running for mayor in the Oct. 22 civic election but it appears a crowded field of right-wing candidates persuaded him he’d have better electoral success at the provincial riding.
Fielding entered civic politics with a commitment to remain for only two terms and he’s sticking to that plan.
"I feel I have accomplished everything I set out to do at the municipal level and now want to be part of a team to bring change to the provincial government."
Fielding moved to Linden Woods and no longer lives in St. James nor in the Kirkfield Park riding, which is held by New Democrat Sharon Blady.
Fielding said even though he doesn’t live there now, he grew up in the Kirkfield Park neighbourhood and a part of the provincial riding fell within the civic ward boundary.
"It’s an area I grew up in and know extremely well," Fielding said of Kirkfield Park.
Fielding said he believes Blady is vulnerable, adding she only won the riding in 2011 by 20 votes.
Fielding is one of several councillors who will not be seeking re-election in the fall, joining: Justin Swandel (St. Norbert), who plans to work as a realtor and in development; Dan Vandal (St. Boniface), who will represent the Liberals in the St. Boniface riding in the next federal election; and Paula Havixbeck (Charleswood-Tuxedo), who is running for mayor, rather than run again as a city councillor.