Civic election hopefuls flocked to the City Clerk's Office today, the first day candidates for city council could register their campaigns.
As of 4:14 p.m., 17 candidates had registered for council races in 12 wards. The general election takes place Oct. 22.
In St. Norbert, former Winnipeg Trails Association director Janice Lukes, restaurateurs Sachit Mehra and Joe Chan signed up to succeed Justin Swandel, who was first elected in 2005 but is not running again. Chan, a former assistant to Coun. Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre), filed a conflict-of-interest complaint against Mayor Sam Katz over a 2010 party at a restaurant Katz owned.
Chan argued that public funds were improperly spent on Katz's restaurant, but eventually lost the case.
In St. James-Brooklands, both Scott Gillingham and Bryan Metcalfe have registered in a race to replace Scott Fielding, who was first elected in 2006 but is leaving council after two terms.
In Old Kildonan, Donovan Martin and Suzanne Hrynyk have registered to run against incumbent Devi Sharma, who had yet to register.
In the Daniel McIntyre award, Keith Bellamy registered to run against incumbent Smith, who has yet to register.
In St. Charles, Shawn Dobson registered to run against two-term councillor Grant Nordman, who registered Monday afternoon.
Incumbent Couns. Ross Eadie (Mynarski), Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry), Brian Mayes (St. Vital), Mike Pagtakhan (Point Douglas), Jeff Browaty (North Kildonan), Grant Nordman (St. Charles) and John Orlikow (River Heights-Fort Garry) also registered.
Trevor Mueller registered to run against Eadie in Mynarski.
Registration allows candidates to raise and spend money. It does not guarantee a place on the ballot in October.
Candidates for mayor and council must also submit nomination papers, in September.
Seven people have registered to run for mayor: lawyer Brian Bowman, booking agent Michel Fillion, Charleswood-Tuxedo Coun. Paula Havixbeck, university administrator Robert-Falcon Ouellette, lawyer and former councillor Gord Steeves, funeral-home director Mike Vogiatzakis and former NDP MP and MLA Judy Wasylycia-Leis.
Updated on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 12:20 PM CDT: Writethru
2:08 PM: Corrects name to Donovan Martin.
3:07 PM: Adds Keith Bellamy registers.
4:28 PM: Add updates on registrations