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City council hopefuls storm out of gate

'Promising sign for democracy'

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This article was published 1/7/2010 (3272 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

THE start of the full 2010 civic election campaign has lived up to its lively promise, as 19 council candidates -- including 12 potential newcomers -- chose to register their campaigns on the very first day of eligibility.

The city clerk's office was a hive of activity on June 30 as prospective councillors took the first opportunity to file the paperwork that allows them to raise and spend money between now and Oct. 27, when Winnipeg voters go to the polls.

Up for grabs this year is nothing less than the control of city council, as up to five out of 15 of Winnipeg's wards are open due to the death of Bill Clement in Charleswood-Tuxedo, Mynarski Coun. Harry Lazarenko's continued illness and the pending retirements of longtime Couns. Mike O'Shaughnessy (Old Kildonan), Lillian Thomas (Elmwood-East Kildonan) and Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre).

In contrast to Winnipeg's somewhat sleepy mayoral contest, the wide-open council race attracted what city clerk Richard Kachur called an unusual degree of early interest, especially on the day before a national holiday.

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Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 1/7/2010 (3272 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

Up for grabs this year is nothing less than the control of city council, as incumbents won't be running in up to five out of 15 council wards.  "This may turn out to be one of the most interesting elections we've had in Winnipeg in 25 years," says city clerk Richard Kachur.

KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS

Up for grabs this year is nothing less than the control of city council, as incumbents won't be running in up to five out of 15 council wards. "This may turn out to be one of the most interesting elections we've had in Winnipeg in 25 years," says city clerk Richard Kachur.

THE start of the full 2010 civic election campaign has lived up to its lively promise, as 19 council candidates — including 12 potential newcomers — chose to register their campaigns on the very first day of eligibility.

The city clerk's office was a hive of activity on June 30 as prospective councillors took the first opportunity to file the paperwork that allows them to raise and spend money between now and Oct. 27, when Winnipeg voters go to the polls.

Up for grabs this year is nothing less than the control of city council, as up to five out of 15 of Winnipeg's wards are open due to the death of Bill Clement in Charleswood-Tuxedo, Mynarski Coun. Harry Lazarenko's continued illness and the pending retirements of longtime Couns. Mike O'Shaughnessy (Old Kildonan), Lillian Thomas (Elmwood-East Kildonan) and Harvey Smith (Daniel McIntyre).

In contrast to Winnipeg's somewhat sleepy mayoral contest, the wide-open council race attracted what city clerk Richard Kachur called an unusual degree of early interest, especially on the day before a national holiday.

"The fact we had such a good turnout today is a promising sign for democracy," Kachur said late Wednesday outside his office. "This may turn out to be one of the most interesting elections we've had in Winnipeg in 25 years."

In 2006, a total of 48 candidates ran for council and another four for mayor. So far this year, 19 council candidates have registered along with three others for mayor — Sam Katz, Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Avery Petrowski.

Four candidates have already registered to run in Charleswood-Tuxedo, where voters were shocked when Clement succumbed to cancer in May. First out of the gate are Liberal-affiliated Cheryl Conley-Strange, Conservative-affiliated Paula Havixbeck, self-described 'green conservative' Jarret Hannah and NDP-affiliated Dashi Al-Zargani.

Insurance salesman John Cardoso and NDP-endorsed candidate Keith Bellamy registered in vacant Daniel McIntyre, while former O'Shaughnessy assistant Devi Sharma and newcomer Robert Chennels signed up in Old Kildonan.

Also on the register is River East-Transcona school trustee Rod Giesbrecht, who signed up to run for council in Elmwood-East Kildonan after losing an NDP endorsement vote for the seat to former CTV reporter Shaneen Robinson earlier in June. Robinson has yet to officially register.

Giesbrecht said he respects the party's choice but that will not stop him from running. Lillian Thomas's longtime executive assistant Darryl Livingstone, who also lost that vote, said he will respect the party membership's wishes.

The registration period for council and mayoral candidates runs until Sept. 21. To appear on the Oct. 27 ballot, candidates must also file nomination papers between Sept. 15 and 21.

 

bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

 

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