Jamie Moses has been elected as the new MLA for St. Vital.
Moses, 34, beat incumbent Colleen Mayer in the southeast Winnipeg constituency in what was predicted to be one of the closest races in this year’s provincial election on Sept. 10.
According to unofficial election results from Elections Manitoba, Moses (NDP) won 4,081 votes; Mayer (PC) won 3,211; Jeffrey Anderson (MLP) won 1,271; Elizabeth Dickson (GPM) won 499; Baljeet Sharma (Ind.) 62; and David Sutherland (MF) won 60.
"I feel honoured to have been elected, and I thank the people of St. Vital for choosing me," said Moses, who is married to Shannon. The couple has two children.
Talking to The Lance two days after winning the election, Moses said it’s a "real privilege" to be elected, and he’s now looking forward to representing the people of St. Vital in his new role.
"I’m humbled by it and I’m ready for the challenge."
From a political perspective, Moses said the challenges ahead include the concerns of many residents about the changes in the health care system under the current provincial government, and another priority will be ensuring the affordability of living in the neighbourhood. The education system and the environment are other issues that are also high on the list.
Moses also ran against Mayer in St. Vital during the last provincial election in 2016 — an experience that helped him and his campaign team this time around.
"This time, I think we had an even better message, and I think people are really invested in our message," he said.
"We had a good team of people and volunteers and we made sure our voices were heard, which I think made a big difference. I think we saw that in the results on Tuesday."
Noting the importance of in-person communication, Moses said he enjoyed the process of meeting many of the constituency’s residents during his election campaign, and listening to what they had to say.
"Talking to people face-to-face helps make connections. Going door-to-door helped people understand me, and helped me understand what’s important to the people of St. Vital. I’m looking forward to representing the people as their MLA, and I’m very honoured and thankful," Moses said.
Arriving at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, which served as the NDP’s election headquarters, after being declared the new MLA for St. Vital, Moses put the spotlight on his supporters and his main opponent in the race.
"We’ve had a great team that has helped us since the first day of the campaign," he said.
"I’d also like to thank Colleen Mayer who has served for the last three years, and all the other candidates that have participated in this election."
Moses has a decade of leadership and management experience under his belt, as well as a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness from the University of Manitoba, and he also serves on the board of Glenwood Community Centre, and the Glenwood School Parent Advisory Council.
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Updated on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 10:16 AM CDT: Fixes typo.