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Paula Havixbeck has vacated her seat in Charleswood-Tuxedo for a run at the mayor’s chair. In the running to take her position as councillor are Evan Duncan, Luc Lewandoski, Marty Morantz, Kevin Nichols and Nadine Stiller.
Occupation: "I am the regional director for Public Safety Canada for the Prairie Region," Stiller said, "I’ve been a federal public servant for about 15 years and in this position for three years."
Stiller worked at Fisheries and Oceans as an assessment biologist and district manager. She also worked for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada where she was a funding director, overseeing governments’ compliance with funding agreements and substantial budgets.
Past experience: "I feel like I have a lot of experience I can bring to the role in terms of working with other levels of government," Stiller said. "I have a lot of experience with conflict resolution and negotiation."
Why she’s running: "I feel strongly that city council needs to change the way it does business. We need to consider other models not just the ‘strong mayor’ model," Stiller said. "I want to make a contribution. I am a public servant by nature and I want to make Winnipeg the best city it can be."
Occupation: Executive assistant to North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty for one year; team leader and senior import analyst for a national customs brokerage firm the seven years prior.
Why he’s running: "My city hall, public policy and conservative political experience runs deep," Lewandoski said.
"Issues such as street infrastructure renewal and restoring a culture of accountability and openness are not issues that I have only just begun to learn about during the campaign, but issues facing Winnipeg that I have written about and discussed with others for over 10 years. Winnipeg will experience a big upheaval in its city council with a new mayor and up to half of the council wards electing new faces. My thoughtful approach is why I am the right choice to hit the ground running to represent the views of Tuxedo, Whyte Ridge and Charleswood residents and bring a conservative voice of restraint and moderation to the next city council."
Occupation: Safety Technician in the Public Works Department.
Past experience: "I have worked as a civil servant most of my life, starting at Winnipeg Transit where I worked for 24 years before accepting a position at Public Works," Nichols said. "I have developed a great deal of knowledge of the inner workings of the city from these two departments, taking every opportunity to learn as much as I can about the operations of each. Professional development has allowed me to advance in the city with occupational health and safety and Winnipeg emergency management."
Why he’s running: "Throughout my career, I have always strived to make the city a better place to live and work," Nichols said.
"I am certain that with my experience, love of the community and city, I will make a knowledgeable, caring councillor."
Occupation: Juvenile counsellor for Manitoba Department of Corrections.
Past experience: "My experience is in working for and with the community," Duncan said.
"I have lived and worked in this community my entire life and I understand the issues. I have worked in our schools, co-ordinated drop-in centres, acted as co-ordinator and fundraiser for community clubs in the area. I believe that my experience working in my community will allow me to make informed decisions in its best interests."
Why he’s running: "I’m running because I care about my community," Duncan said. "I was born in Charleswood and have lived here my whole life. I’m running because I believe this city needs new, energetic leadership to continue to move us forward. We need a new approach and I believe I can bring positive change to city hall.
"I feel that a councillor should be accountable to the residents in their community," Duncan added. "To me, that means personally answering phone calls and emails, keeping an open line of communication with residents and being a councillor who they can talk to and who will speak for them."
Occupation: "I am a lawyer by profession and I’ve practiced for 23 years. Now I manage my own business called Jernat Investments," Morantz said.
He has managed Jernat Investments Ltd., a property investment and financial services firm, for seven years. Before that Morantz practiced law as a partner at Levene Tadman Golub Law Corporation in Winnipeg.
Past experience: "I was a candidate in 2011 for PC Manitoba in River Heights in the provincial election," Morantz said.
"My undergraduate degree was in political studies from the University of Manitoba and I graduated with honours."
Why he’s running: "Winnipeg has been very good to me and my family," Morantz said. "Throughout my life and career I have tried to do good things and to give back to our community.
"I see elected office as another way to give back to the community and to try and solve the many serious and challenging issues facing the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge Ward and our great city."