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Janice Lukes said she won the councillor’s seat in St. Norbert based on her deep track record of community activism and grassroots approach to politics.
"I believe people read about me and learned about me," Lukes said the day after election night. "I am very thankful for that."
On Oct. 22 Lukes was elected by a landslide over opponents Sachit Mehra and Joe Chan. Lukes earned 10,719 votes (58.1 per cent) beating runner-up Mehra by 4,088 votes.
She said didn’t know what to expect in the ward, given there was no polling done.
"When you’re out knocking on doors you get a sense of what will happen," Lukes said. "It’s hard, you just don’t know."
Lukes said the first thing she will do at city hall, after meeting everyone on council, is improving communication within the ward and with city hall.
"I hope we set out to develop a lot of good governance practices and I really hope that we restore — I know we will, we’ve got an amazing leader now — we will restore a sense of pride in our city."
Lukes said she is confident she can work with anyone and is ‘ecstatic’ to have Brian Bowman as mayor.
There are a number of issues in St. Norbert that Lukes plans to address, including rooming houses near the University of Manitoba and the Waverley West area.
"It’s not living up to its standards," Lukes said of the development. She is also concerned about safe student housing as more university students take residence in the surrounding neighbourhoods.
The race up to election day in St. Norbert was very interesting and intense, Lukes said. Early on in the campaign Mehra was endorsed by the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, and just a week or so before the election Chan sent out a brochure calling Lukes an "angel."
"That was a great piece of comic relief, we loved it," said Lukes. "You’re stressed out, you’re going hard and then this comes out," Lukes said with a laugh.
She said the race was overwhelming.
"We were up against a machine," she said, referencing the endorsements and political support her opponents had. "We were grass roots. I had an amazing campaign manager, Sonya Janzen-Penner, who kept us all in line."
Mehra took second place in the polls with 6,631 votes (35.94 per cent) and Chan garnered 1,098 votes (5.95 per cent). Overall 18,448 people, or 49.94 per cent of eligible voters, turned out in St. Norbert.