Familiar faces return to council seats
East Winnipeg residents will need no introduction to their city councillors following the Oct. 26 municipal election.
While former Transcona councillor Russ Wyatt, who served from 2002 to 2018, defeated incumbent Shawn Nason, all five other incumbents representing wards in east of the Red River were re-elected.
Jason Schreyer was re-elected for a third term in Elmwood-East Kildonan, after campaigning to continue representing the people and grassroots organizations of the ward, while also keeping the costs of construction inflation at the forefront of budget decisions. Schreyer earned 5,554 votes, or 62.21 per cent of the vote. Challenger Ryan Kochie finished with 3,374 votes.
“We ran our smallest campaign to date, but it was my biggest victory and the largest in the ward history,” Schreyer said. “Ryan, I felt, was a good candidate. He was a natural and legitimate expression of what I can be doing better. I can do a better job and so can City Hall, and that’s what it comes down to.”
First elected as councillor for North Kildonan in 2006, Jeff Browaty was re-elected for a fifth term on council, earning 10,725 votes, 72.69 per cent. Browaty hopes to push for an extension of the Chief Peguis Trail west of Main Street, among other projects. Challenger Andrew Podolecki finished with 4,030 votes.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to continue serving the residents of North Kildonan,” Browaty said. “I’ll be meeting with mayor-elect Scott Gillingham in the coming days to discuss priorities, like extending the Chief Peguis Trail. It’s important to roll out a pathway on getting the extension started. A project of this size doesn’t get started overnight.”
Matt Allard was re-elected for a third term in St. Boniface, pushing sustainability, active transportation and transit, alongside housing and public safety during his campaign. Allard earned 10,124 votes (67.79 per cent). Challengers Nicholas Douklias finished second with 3,875 votes; Marcel Boille had 934.
Speaking the day after his election win, Allard said he feels stronger after every municipal election and that he’s “honoured and very happy” that St. Boniface residents showed their confidence in him once again.
“I feel stronger than ever,” Allard said. “I have the experience and the energy, and I know how City Hall works and I know how governance works. Throughout the campaign, I feel that my communication with the community and stakeholders has been great.”
Markus Chambers was acclaimed for a second term as councillor for St. Norbert-Seine River.
Brian Mayes won his re-election bid as councillor for St. Vital, a position he has held since a 2011 byelection. Mayes, who won 83.5 per cent of the vote with 12,500 votes, has cited homelessness, road repair, and building a community centre in the Sage Creek area as top priorities during his campaign. Challengers Derrick Dujlovic and Baljeet Sharma finished with 1,594 and 875 votes, respectively.
Speaking the day after his election win, Mayes said he was pleased with how his election campaign went.
“It went very smoothly. I thought we ran a good campaign. It’s never easy, of course, but there were less stresses this time around,” Mayes said.
“We tried to run a positive campaign, and there’s something reassuring and gratifying about being re-elected, not least because it’s a reflection of all the hard work that’s done between elections.”
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 email@example.com Call him at 204-697-7112
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