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Last mayoral platform

 

The last candidate to enter Winnipeg's mayoral race has finally offered up a platform.

Real estate agent Brad Gross sent a short email from his BlackBerry to reporters on Tuesday, offering up a three-point mayoral platform.

"Senior homeowners will receive 20 per cent discount on personal residences," read the missive. "Traffic lights will be synchronized... Waverley (Street) will finally get underpass/overpass."

Gross said he's running for mayor because he believes incumbent Sam Katz is only looking out for 10 per cent of the city and challenger Judy Wasylycia-Leis will only raise taxes if elected.

He registered to run for council in the 2009 River Heights byelection but did not appear on the ballot because he failed to get enough registered voters to sign his nomination papers. He avoided that fate this year by submitting his papers early.

If elected, he said he would stop selling real estate -- and take a pay cut to be mayor.

Along with Gross, Katz and Wasylycia-Leis and real estate agent Rav Gill will all appear on the mayoral ballot on Oct. 27.

Too chatty for moderator

You know an all-candidates meeting is getting heated when somebody storms out. But that somebody usually is a candidate.

On Monday night, moderator Rob Galston walked out of a Mynarski candidates' meeting in North Point Douglas after he got fed up with loquacious council hopeful Ross Eadie's lengthy orations. After Eadie ignored Galston's urgent requests to cap an answer, the moderator pulled the plug. "It's good to see such decorum," Galston snapped.

Then he dropped his microphone, and stormed out of the Norquay School gymnasium. A local community organizer finished off moderating the debate. "As you can tell I'm passionate about (the issues)," a slightly sheepish Eadie said in his closing remarks.

Greg Littlejohn, Jenny Motkaluk, Trevor Mueller and David Polsky are also running in Mynarski.

 

-- Bartley Kives, Melissa Martin

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 29, 2010 B2

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Updated on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at 11:12 AM CDT: Corrected David Polsky's name

11:13 AM: Corrected David Polsky's name

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