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Readers rejoice after Katz decision

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Many readers were thrilled when Mayor Sam Katz announced he won't be seeking reelection, but others say his decision leaves the field of candidates lacking.

Best news I have had in a long time. Ten years spent screwing up the city; it is about time he is gone.

-- Almost_Informed

Now who will the loony left have to complain about?

-- in_the_burbs

Wonderful news! I just moved into the city from rural Manitoba -- things can only get better.

-- JetsRus

Sam was never my choice, but he could have at least had a respectable legacy if he packed it in back in 2010. The most recent term was a total disaster that caused a lot of people to lose respect for the guy.

-- lollipopsandsunshine

I never could see the benefit of a mayor who spends time here only when he has to. Not exactly a ringing endorsement of Winnipeg, is it?

-- JustWondering

If there was an election tomorrow... and the existing slate of candidates was my range of options, I would have voted for Sam Katz. A very weak field, and it just got weaker with the Katz decision. There isn't a real leader in the bunch. I truly understand Sam's decision. Who would want another term of abuse like I see routinely in this comments section?

-- 23649217

Now we get the NDP (Judy Wasylycia- Leis) in office so the unions can have even more of their way with the city. The NDP will spend us further into debt while holding taxes, and when we've had enough of them, we'll elect a conservative to try to figure out how to pay all of the NDP's deficit-driven debt back -- which will mean much higher taxes. Sam had his problems, but wait for what is coming next with Judy.

-- 23668767

Best doggone news I have heard in a very long time. Very long time. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

-- lightning

Finally. On the other hand, I am tempted to feel like the cartoon character who dodges the railroad train only to be splattered by the giant boulder from behind. I guess we'll see if Groundhog Day (the movie) isn't just recast with a new lead.

-- section22

Wow. The hatred is palpable here. Perhaps some of it may be justified, but overall, Sam Katz did a lot for this city, and his accomplishments are many. Giving him the benefit of the doubt, his decision to allow Sheegl into a position of power was extremely short-sighted... and is in fact the fatal error that doomed any further aspirations. Having said that, let's put blame where it is richly deserved, on the shoulders of the latter, not so much on the mayor's.

-- 23619632

I actually feel sorry for whoever wins the mayoral seat. They will have a mess to clean up. For the life of me, I have never understood why anyone would ever want to be a politician. Sam, you made the right decision. Your time has come to step down.

-- emcee51

Maybe he should take his cat-licence bylaw with him and photo radar.

-- 23694687

He'd sooner go out as an incumbent mayor than lose to Brian Bowman.

-- Pete Panky

Steeves getting Mayor Katz's endorsement would be wonderful. That would guarantee Steeves would finish dead last.

-- mr. spelchek

Big shock. The only reason I thought he might run again was to buy himself more time to shred all the documents.

-- Gordo

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 29, 2014 A10

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