October 22, 2018

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River Heights-Fort Garry

River Heights-Fort Garry will have former councillor Garth Steek trying to make a comeback and win his old seat that’s been held by incumbent John Orlikow since a 2009 byelection.

Steek was first elected in 1995 and was re-elected in 1998 and in 2002. He made an unsuccessful bid for the mayor’s chair in the 2004 byelection and then disappeared from public life for a short time.

A third candidate running in the ward is Gary Lenko. He's says residents appear most upset about city hall’s practice of condoning inappropriate infill development.

The Free Press invited all council and mayoral candidates to fill out a questionnaire about themselves, their platforms and what they hope to achieve in office. Read their responses below.

Candidates

Garth Steek

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Gary Lenko

I was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, I came to Winnipeg when I was eighteen. I am a professionally certified ballroom dance instructor, I owned and operated a dance school downtown. I have done some acting, coaching hockey, choreography and dance competitions. I have five children and five grandchildren with another on the way. I've lived in Fort Garry for the past 10 years, I am interested in my community, social justice and get involved when I can assist. I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I have a wild tree farm near Richer, Manitoba.

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John Orlikow

I grew up in the ward, and like many in River Heights-Fort Garry, returned to buy a home here with my wife, Silvia, to raise our family.

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