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Two byelections on the horizon

School trustee must resign before run for city council seat

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Residents of southeast Winnipeg could soon be participating in a pair of byelections.

 

Voters are expected to head to the polls later this year to elect a new city councillor and school trustee.


The newest contender in the race to replace outgoing St. Vital city councillor Gord Steeves is Louis Riel School Division trustee Mike Ducharme.


Ducharme, who owns Ducharme Agencies Ltd., must resign from the school board before running for city council according to provincial rules.


The Municipal Council and School Boards Election Act states: "A person who holds office on an elected authority may not be nominated in a by-election to which this Act applies unless the member resigns his or her office at least 42 days before the election day for that by-election."


Ducharme’s resignation will trigger a byelection to elect a new school trustee.


He said the date of his resignation will depend upon when the byelection for the council seat is called.
"I’m really waiting for the dominoes to fall," he explained.


Ducharme said he will also take into account the timing of Steeves’ resignation.


"I also want to step away at such a time as both byelections can happen at the same time," he said.
"That way, the public gets the best bang for their buck."


Steeves is expected to step down this month in order to run for the Progressive Conservatives in the Oct. 4 provincial election.


He’ll be running against incumbent MLA and provincial health minister Theresa Oswald in the Seine River riding.


Ducharme’s father, Gerry, was a former trustee, councillor and MLA for the area while his grandfather, Louis, was also a St. Vital councillor. He is the fourth person to declare their intentions to run in the St. Vital byelection.


New Democrat Brian Mayes, a lawyer and former school trustee, was the first to announce he would seek the St. Vital council seat.


He will be joined by Progressive Conservative Greg Nordman — brother of St. Charles city councillor Grant Nordman and son of former MLA and city councillor, the late Ric Nordman — who is a salesman for coffee distributor Quality Vending.


Marc Lemoine, deputy city clerk and senior election official, said the byelection to replace Steeves won’t be called until after the councillor officially resigns his seat.

arielle.godbout@canstarnews.com

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