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Vivian Santos will replace her old boss as the new councillor for Point Douglas.
Santos, 37, was outgoing councillor Mike Pagtakhan’s executive assistant for the last three years and before that, worked as an assistant in Mayor Brian Bowman’s legal office. She also volunteered on the mayor's first political campaign.
Santos beat out community activist Kate Sjoberg and school trustee Dean Koshelanyk snagging about 57 per cent of the vote.
She celebrated with around 25 supporters at her campaign office on McPhillips St., a party complete with Filipino food and dozens of photos of the campaigning candidate plastered along the walls.
In her victory speech, Santos gave Pagtakhan a shout-out — and a gentle jab.
"You have been an exceptional teacher, mentor and your attention to detail has been bar none," she said. "I hope that I can be just as great of a leader like you have been in the last 16 years. I have definitely big shoes to fill, but I did learn from the best. And so I’m pretty confident that I can be just as good, or even better."
The new councillor's ward priorities include building a new Arlington Bridge, establishing better lighting as a safety measure in the community and advocating for free public transit.
"You’re going to see that when people are moved freely, they’re going to invest more into our city," Santos said, adding a pilot project with free transit on weekends is something she'd consider.
Santos is the first female councillor elected in Point Douglas, according to the City Clerk's Office. She believes she's also the first Chinese woman elected to Winnipeg council, which the city could not confirm because it doesn't track elected officials' ethnicity.
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