A public-access TV personality and a figure from city council's past are among a near-record 10 contestants in the race to replace Gord Steeves in St. Vital.

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A public-access TV personality and a figure from city council's past are among a near-record 10 contestants in the race to replace Gord Steeves in St. Vital.

The City of Winnipeg is holding the St. Vital byelection to fill the seat vacated in August by Steeves, who resigned from council after 11 years to make an unsuccessful provincial run as the Progressive Conservative candidate in Seine River.

Joyce Bateman

Joyce Bateman

When the nominations closed on Friday, more familiar faces joined the race. The candidates include musician-mathematician Marty Green, the former host of former cable-access TV show Math With Marty, and former Mynarski councillor Terry Wachniak, who sat on council from 1986 to 1989 and most recently worked as a spokesman for the Green Party of Manitoba during the 2011 provincial campaign.

Along with Wachniak, at least four other St. Vital candidates have formal party ties. Lawyer Brian Mayes is an NDP member, former federal public servant Hammad Khan worked on PC candidate Naseer Warraich's Concordia campaign, coffee salesman Greg Nordman is a Tory member and and Harry Wolbert ran provincially as a Liberal this fall, when he garnered attention for stating some party members questioned Jon Gerrard's leadership.

Former school trustee Mike Ducharme, Manitoba Liquor Control Commission employee Steven Hennessey, former Old Kildonan council candidate Carl Osato and entrepreneur Beverley Watson are also nominated in St. Vital.

Candidates have until today to withdraw from the race. If all 10 candidates decide to remain on the ballot, the St. Vital byelection will tie the Winnipeg record for the largest number of contestants in a single ward race, according to the city clerk's office.

But only six of the candidates for the Nov. 26 St. Vital byelection actually live in the ward, which means the other four won't be able to vote for themselves.

Gord Steeves

Gord Steeves

Green lives in Daniel McIntyre, Wachniak lives in Point Douglas, Khan lives in St. Norbert and Ducharme lives in St. Boniface.

Ducharme's resignation from the Louis Riel school board has triggered a byelection in Ward 2, which will also be held on Nov. 26. Eight candidates, including former Steeves assistant Colleen Mayer, are nominated to replace Ducharme.

A second school board byelection will be held on Nov. 26 in Ward 1 of the Winnipeg School Division to fill the vacancy created when Joyce Bateman resigned to run for federal office. Seven candidates are nominated.

As a result, voters in the school board and St. Vital byelections will face their fourth election in 13 months, as the city, province and country have all held elections since Oct. 27, 2010.

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