October 18, 2018

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St.Vital

The St. Vital ward has been altered slightly, losing its southern-most neighbourhoods to St. Norbert-Seine River, while adding the neighbourhoods of Royalwood, Fraipont and Sage Creek.

Incumbent Brian Mayes, who is a lawyer and a member of the mayor’s executive policy committee, has one challenger – Baljeet Kumar Sharma.

Mayes won the ward in a November 2011 byelection to replace Gord Steeves.

Sharma is strongly opposed to opening Portage and Main, saying it’s a waste of resources. He decided to run because he fears the status quo leads to stagnation.

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

Baljeet Sharma

Lived in St. Vital for around 20 Years. As I meet people of this area on day to day basis, I have first hand experience of the concerns and issue that matters to them most. Worked in Political, Economic and Cultural fields. Travelled to Europe, Africa and Asia and learnt a lot about multi cultural issues and their perspective on various issues of national and international importance. Keen observer of issues of national and international significance.

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Brian Mayes

I grew up in St Vital and live there now with my wife Dr Alison Marshall and our 2 teenage sons. Before being elected to City Council I operated my own law firm. I have served on the boards of such organizations as: Old St Vital Biz, Winnipeg Art Gallery, 2017 Canada Summer Games, Heritage Winnipeg, Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Manitoba, Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. I have been a Vice-Chair of the Residential Tenancies Commission and served as a pension trustee. I am a former competitive marathon runner, and have coached basketball and soccer at local community centres.

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