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FOR newcomer Marty Morantz, the joy of winning the seat in Charleswood-Tuxedo was tempered by the tragic events that unfolded in the nation's capital Wednesday.
As volunteers and supporters cheered, Morantz thanked his supporters and volunteers, then expressed his condolences to the family of the Canadian soldier shot dead in Ottawa Wednesday.
"It's been a very exciting day and I'm thrilled with the outcome," said Morantz, 52.
"It's been a difficult and very serious day in our country," he said, reminding his audience about the sacrifices members of the military have made over time to protect Canada and its democracy.
It was a tight race in Winnipeg's wealthiest ward with five candidates vying for the the council seat vacated by Paula Havixbeck, who ran unsuccessfully for mayor. Morantz's closest competitor was Evan Duncan, who finished almost 500 votes behind Morantz.
Morantz, who ran as the Progressive Conservative candidate for River Heights in the 2011 provincial election, said he's going to place his lucrative legal and real-estate work on hold to put his talents to work solving Winnipeg's infrastructure and governance problems.
"I will follow all the disclosure rules to a T," he said in an interview after his win. "We're going to clean up city hall and be accountable to the people."
His biggest concern as a new city councillor "is the sad state of crumbling roads and other city-owned assets."
He replaces Havixbeck, who 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.
Morantz said he'll be happy to work with Winnipeg's new mayor, Brian Bowman.
"I think he will be a transformational mayor."
All five candidates vying for the sprawling and conservative southwest Winnipeg ward had professional achievements.
Federal employee Nadine Stiller directs Public Safety Canada for the Prairie region. Luc Lewandoski is a veteran political organizer and customs broker. Kevin Nichols knows Winnipeg from the inside in his job as a safety technician for the public works department. The youngest candidate in the field, juvenile counsellor Evan Duncan, is 31 years old.
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