Wyatt back in the saddle again

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Former Transcona city councillor Russ Wyatt, who served the ward from 2002 to 2018, has once again been elected to serve the people of the Park City on city council.

“I want to thank you all for your support”, Wyatt said, surrounded by family, friends, and campaign supporters at Dal’s Restaurant on election night. “It’s a very humbling experience to be able to come back to public life and serve the community.”

 

Photo by Sheldon Birnie Russ Wyatt, at right, speaks to supporters at Dal’s Restaurant in Transcona as his parents and son Thomas look on on Oct. 26 . Wyatt was returned to city council by voters in the ward.

 

In 2018, Wyatt took leave from city council to seek addictions treatment. However, after returning to work, Wyatt was charged with sexual assault in July 2018. Charges were later stayed, and Wyatt maintains his innocence. He did not run for council in 2018.

“I was born and raised in this community,” Wyatt said. “There’s been tough times. But the key thing is there’s always an end to the storm and there’s always light. You have to go towards the light.”

During his campaign, Wyatt promised to push for the completion of the East of Red Rec Plex and the Edward Schreyer Parkway, among other projects.

“I’m honored by this election and the trust the people have given me,” Wyatt said. “I won’t let them down.”

At deadline, Wyatt had registered over 6,000 votes, about 46 per cent, with 45 of 47 polls reporting, giving him a second mandate on city council.

Incumbent Shawn Nason, who was elected as Transcona’s city councillor in 2018, was unable to hold onto his seat following a strong push from Wyatt. Nason finished with over 5,000 votes, nearly 39 per cent of the vote. Steve Lipischak and Wally Welechenko also ran for council, finishing third and fourth, with about eight and six per cent of votes, respectively.

Sheldon Birnie

Sheldon Birnie
Community Journalist

Sheldon Birnie is a reporter/photographer for the Free Press Community Review. The author of Missing Like Teeth: An Oral History of Winnipeg Underground Rock (1990-2001), his writing has appeared in journals and online platforms across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. A husband and father of two young children, Sheldon enjoys playing guitar and rec hockey when he can find the time. Email him at sheldon.birnie@canstarnews.com Call him at 204-697-7112

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