For the second time in as many elections, voters in Winnipeg’s wealthiest ward have chosen a new councillor from a large field of relatively unknown commodities.
The new councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo is accomplished lawyer and real estate investor Marty Morantz.
With 6,281 votes, he defeated second-place Evan Duncan by nearly 500 votes.
"I don’t think it’s quite sunk in yet," said Morantz. His biggest concern as a new city councillor "is the sad state of crumbling roads and other city-owned assets." In his ward, he said he wants to extend the William Clement Parkway to ease traffic on residential streets.
Morantz, who ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate for River Heights in the 2011 election, said he’s going to place his lucrative legal and real-estate work on hold in order to put his talents to work solving Winnipeg’s infrastructure and governance problems.
It was a tight race, with five candidates - each with educational and professional achievements - vying for the sprawling and conservative southwest Winnipeg ward. Morantz fills the council seat vacated by Paula Havixbeck who ran unsuccessfully for mayor.
Havixbeck became the councillor for Charleswood-Tuxedo after winning a seven-candidate race to succeed 27-year city council veteran Bill Clement following his death in 2010.