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New mayor, new council on horizon

About a dozen people lined up before 8 a.m. at Luxton School polling station to vote today. Voting continues at polling stations around the city until 8 p.m.  (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Winnipeg votes: Oct. 22, 2014
Voters check in with clerks at Luxton School polling station.  (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis gets ready to cast her vote just after 9 a.m. at Luxton School polling station. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Judy Wasylycia-Leis, left, feeds her vote into a machine at Luxton School polling station. (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman and his family arrives at a polling station to vote in the civic election. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press)
Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman votes in the civic election. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press)
From left, Donald Benham, Zach Fleisher, Shannon Sampert, Jino Disastio, and James Turner participate in the community news commons civic elections panel at the News Café.  (Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press)
At campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks, Brian Bowman supporters and the media watch Prime Minister Stephen Harper's address on today's shootings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette with his supporters in his campaign headquarters on election night. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press)
Judy Jennings hods her face as she sees the poor results for Judy Wasylycia-Leis at the Fort Garry Hotel. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Janice Lukes (St. Norbert) has a crowd watching results come in at her campaign headquarters. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Janice Lukes with Alex Wiebe. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Janice Lukes is the new city councilor for St. Norbert.  (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Daniel McIntyre candidate Cindy Gilroy celebrates victory with supporters at her campaign office on Sargent Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press)
Daniel McIntyre candidate Cindy Gilroy celebrates victory with campaign organizer Tony Antonio at her campaign office on Sargent Avenue on Wed., Oct. 22, 2014. Photo by Jason Halstead/Winnipeg Free Press (Jason Halstead)
Harvey Smith with his supporters in his campaign HQ on election night.Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22� 2014
Harvey Smith with his supporters in his campaign HQ on election night.Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22� 2014
141022 Winnipeg - DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS  Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves delivers his concession speech at his campaign headquarters Wednesday October 22, 2014 on election night with his family by his side.
Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves delivers his concession speech at his campaign headquarters. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Supporters at campaign headquarters for mayoral candidate Gord Steeves. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves delivers his concession speech at his campaign headquarters on election night with his family by his side. (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is greeted by his supporters as he arrives at his HQ on election night. RRC student Jen Walichnowski/ story Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22  2014
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is greeted by his supporters as he arrives at his HQ on election night. RRC student Jen Walichnowski/ story Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22  2014
Judy Wasylycia-Leis gives her concession speech to her followers after losing to Brian Bowman her bid to become Winnipeg's 43rd mayor of Winnipeg Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel.  (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Judy Wasylycia-Leis makes her way through her crowd of supporters to the stage to give her concession speech to her followers after losing to Brian Bowman her bid to become Winnipeg's 43rd mayor of Winnipeg Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel.   (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Supporters of Judy Wasylycia-Leis show their disappointment on their faces Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel.   Oct 22,  2014 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Judy Jennings hods her face as she sees the  results of Judy Wasylycia-Leis Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel.   Oct 22,  2014 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Judy Wasylycia-Leis gives her concession speech to her followers after losing to Brian Bowman her bid to become Winnipeg's 43rd mayor of Winnipeg Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel.   (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Brian Bowman the mayor-elect of Winnipeg arrives with his wife Tracy, and his two sons, Austin, left, and Hayden at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman arrives with his family at his campaign office. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman celebrates after he's declared Winnipeg's mayor-elect. (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Brian Bowman, the mayor-elect of Winnipeg arrives with his wife Tracy, and his two sons, Austin, left, and Hayden at his campaign headquarters. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman the mayor elect of Winnipeg gets a hug from his son Hayden at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg Wednesday night-See Aldo Santin story - Oct 22, 2014   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman speaks to supporters at his campaign headquarters. (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman the mayor elect of Winnipeg arrives  with his wife Tracy, left, through a sea of supporters and cameras at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg Wednesday night-See Aldo Santin story - Oct 22, 2014   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman the mayor elect of Winnipeg  during his speech at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg Wednesday night-See Aldo Santin story - Oct 22, 2014   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
About a dozen people lined up before 8 a.m. at Luxton School polling station to vote today. Voting continues at polling stations around the city until 8 p.m. - (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Voters check in with clerks at Luxton School polling station. - (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis gets ready to cast her vote just after 9 a.m. at Luxton School polling station. - (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Judy Wasylycia-Leis, left, feeds her vote into a machine at Luxton School polling station. - (KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman and his family arrives at a polling station to vote in the civic election. - (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press)
Mayoral candidate Brian Bowman votes in the civic election. - (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press)
From left, Donald Benham, Zach Fleisher, Shannon Sampert, Jino Disastio, and James Turner participate in the community news commons civic elections panel at the News Café. - (Sarah Taylor / Winnipeg Free Press)
At campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks, Brian Bowman supporters and the media watch Prime Minister Stephen Harper's address on today's shootings on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette with his supporters in his campaign headquarters on election night. - (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press)
Judy Jennings hods her face as she sees the poor results for Judy Wasylycia-Leis at the Fort Garry Hotel. - (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Janice Lukes (St. Norbert) has a crowd watching results come in at her campaign headquarters. - (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Janice Lukes with Alex Wiebe. - (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Janice Lukes is the new city councilor for St. Norbert. - (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Daniel McIntyre candidate Cindy Gilroy celebrates victory with supporters at her campaign office on Sargent Avenue on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014. - (Jason Halstead / Winnipeg Free Press)
Daniel McIntyre candidate Cindy Gilroy celebrates victory with campaign organizer Tony Antonio at her campaign office on Sargent Avenue on Wed., Oct. 22, 2014. Photo by Jason Halstead/Winnipeg Free Press - (Jason Halstead)
Harvey Smith with his supporters in his campaign HQ on election night.Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22� 2014
Harvey Smith with his supporters in his campaign HQ on election night.Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22� 2014
141022 Winnipeg - DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves delivers his concession speech at his campaign headquarters Wednesday October 22, 2014 on election night with his family by his side.
Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves delivers his concession speech at his campaign headquarters. - (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Supporters at campaign headquarters for mayoral candidate Gord Steeves. - (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves delivers his concession speech at his campaign headquarters on election night with his family by his side. - (DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is greeted by his supporters as he arrives at his HQ on election night. RRC student Jen Walichnowski/ story Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22 2014
Mayoral candidate Robert-Falcon Ouellette is greeted by his supporters as he arrives at his HQ on election night. RRC student Jen Walichnowski/ story Wayne Glowacki/Winnipeg Free Press Oct.22 2014
Judy Wasylycia-Leis gives her concession speech to her followers after losing to Brian Bowman her bid to become Winnipeg's 43rd mayor of Winnipeg Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel. - (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Judy Wasylycia-Leis makes her way through her crowd of supporters to the stage to give her concession speech to her followers after losing to Brian Bowman her bid to become Winnipeg's 43rd mayor of Winnipeg Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel. - (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Supporters of Judy Wasylycia-Leis show their disappointment on their faces Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel. Oct 22, 2014 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Judy Jennings hods her face as she sees the results of Judy Wasylycia-Leis Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel. Oct 22, 2014 Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press
Judy Wasylycia-Leis gives her concession speech to her followers after losing to Brian Bowman her bid to become Winnipeg's 43rd mayor of Winnipeg Wednesday night at the Fort Garry Hotel. - (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press)
Brian Bowman the mayor-elect of Winnipeg arrives with his wife Tracy, and his two sons, Austin, left, and Hayden at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman arrives with his family at his campaign office. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman celebrates after he's declared Winnipeg's mayor-elect. - (Joe Bryksa / Winnipeg Free Press)
Brian Bowman, the mayor-elect of Winnipeg arrives with his wife Tracy, and his two sons, Austin, left, and Hayden at his campaign headquarters. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman the mayor elect of Winnipeg gets a hug from his son Hayden at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg Wednesday night-See Aldo Santin story - Oct 22, 2014 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman speaks to supporters at his campaign headquarters. - (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman the mayor elect of Winnipeg arrives with his wife Tracy, left, through a sea of supporters and cameras at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg Wednesday night-See Aldo Santin story - Oct 22, 2014 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
Brian Bowman the mayor elect of Winnipeg during his speech at his campaign headquarters at the Inn at the Forks in Winnipeg Wednesday night-See Aldo Santin story - Oct 22, 2014 (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)

Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 21/10/2014 (1733 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg polling stations for the 2014 civic election are officially open.

By tonight, the city will have a new mayor and a few new faces on city council.

On Tuesday, Winnipeg's mayoral candidates chose picturesque settings to issue last-minute appeals for voter support in a contest pitting a resurgent Brian Bowman against previous longstanding favourite Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

Hopefuls chose The Forks, a dock along the Red River, the steps of city hall, a sidewalk on busy Portage Avenue and a field in the middle of nowhere to make their final pitches.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 21/10/2014 (1733 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Winnipeg polling stations for the 2014 civic election are officially open.

By tonight, the city will have a new mayor and a few new faces on city council.

Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis makes an announcement outside her campaign office on Portage Avenue Tuesday on the last day before the election.

WAYNE GLOWACKI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis makes an announcement outside her campaign office on Portage Avenue Tuesday on the last day before the election.

On Tuesday, Winnipeg's mayoral candidates chose picturesque settings to issue last-minute appeals for voter support in a contest pitting a resurgent Brian Bowman against previous longstanding favourite Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

'Governing is serious business. It requires making difficult choices and I cannot make a lot of the promises Brian Bowman makes'— Judy Wasylycia-Leis

Hopefuls chose The Forks, a dock along the Red River, the steps of city hall, a sidewalk on busy Portage Avenue and a field in the middle of nowhere to make their final pitches.

Bowman appealed to the stop-Judy element, saying a vote for anyone but himself would almost certainly guarantee a victory for the former NDP MLA and MP.

"We need your vote because a vote for one of the other candidates — Gord Steeves in particular — is a vote for Judy," Bowman said at the Red River Dock in St. Boniface.

Bowman, thrust into a narrow lead in a survey published with three days left in the mayor's race, reiterated his message only he — an outsider with no political experience but with endorsements from the city's business leaders — can bring positive change to city hall.

Wasylycia-Leis stood on the sidewalk in front of her Portage Avenue campaign headquarters and said Winnipeggers can't afford for Bowman to become mayor.

The race's undisputed leader for nearly 10 months before Monday's poll saw her slip into second place, Wasylycia-Leis said Bowman has made more than $1 billion worth of promises — against her own promises totalling less than $300 million — and suggested she would be a better steward of the public purse.

Mayoral Candidate Brian Bowman

RUTH BONNEVILLE / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Mayoral Candidate Brian Bowman

"Governing is serious business. It requires making difficult choices and I cannot make a lot of the promises Brian Bowman makes," she said.

Robert-Falcon Ouellette stood in the middle of The Forks and said he was encouraged by the survey that placed him third.

An iconic outsider with no ties to any political party or other organization, Ouellette said he has found support in a segment of the community often overlooked by traditional pollsters — disaffected aboriginal and young people, and those without land lines — along with other Winnipeggers who want to see change at city hall.

Ouellette said he doesn't have the clout of the city's unions or the business community behind him — direct references to Wasylycia-Leis and Bowman — to mobilize supporters on election day but he remained hopeful that those behind him will be key to a come-from-behind victory.

"Anything could happen — it's going to be pretty close I think," Ouellette said.

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves

JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Mayoral candidate Gord Steeves

Gord Steeves and David Sanders — now out of the public's consideration for the top job, according to the latest poll — cited their opposition to the bus-corridor project as the main reason why they should be viewed as the best candidate.

Steeves stood in an empty field, the spot for the controversial proposed route through the Parker lands, and said Winnipeg can't afford to both extend the bus-corridor project and fix its crumbling streets.

"I don't think that money is going to exist," Steeves said.

Sanders, whose support of five per cent of decided voters on Oct. 1 dwindled to one per cent this week, said he would cancel all forms of a rapid transit corridor to the University of Manitoba until it can be justified.

"I believe the city does not have the justification for doing (the corridor) at the present time," Sanders said at city hall.

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Aldo Santin is a veteran newspaper reporter who first carried a pen and notepad in 1978 and joined the Winnipeg Free Press in 1986, where he has covered a variety of beats and specialty areas including education, aboriginal issues, urban and downtown development. Santin has been covering city hall since 2013.

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