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On Wed., Oct. 22, voters will elect a new city council candidate for the St. Vital ward. Incumbent councillor Brian Mayes is running against Glenn Churchill and Steven Hennessey.
Name: Glenn Churchill
Occupation: Transportation engineer.
Why are you running? "There are two main reasons I decided to run for city councillor for St. Vital.
The first is to use my engineering background and knowledge to help this city with its deteriorating infrastructure. My knowledge of working with large multi-million dollar projects gives me a unique insight into the processes, requirements and oversight needed for large-scale projects. This oversight has been lacking at city hall. While there were some good people on council, there was not enough understanding of these complex projects to ask the right questions or get the right information before making decisions.
The second reason I am running is because I am one of the many people in Winnipeg who is dissatisfied with what has gone on at city hall — the lack of ethics and the millions of dollars wasted.
Decisions should be made based on knowledge and what is right, not based on what personal advantage might be gained. Catering to certain groups or individuals for personal benefit has no place at city hall. St. Vital residents’ concerns should be answered in a timely fashion and not ignored. We need people on city council who are doing it for the right reasons — to be a public servant to help improve our city."
Name: Steven Hennessey
Occupation: Works for Manitoba Liquor and Lotteries.
Why are you running? "I ran in the 2011 byelection in St. Vital because I believed our city needed a change of direction. It was apparent at that time that city hall was being mismanaged. In 2014, the city has not progressed under the current leadership, but regressed. People across St. Vital are tired of what has been going on at city hall. On-going scandals, fiscal mismanagement, poor leadership, crumbling infrastructure and inadequate services are a few of the issues in the minds of the voter.
I am running because I cannot support the ‘yes’ men and politicians with self-interests. I do not agree with the egregious political partisanship and special interests backing that we are seeing, nor do I believe we need a typical status quo politician leading us into the future.
I want to be a councillor who will stand up for people again and be open, honest and transparent. I want to build a prosperous and sustainable future for Winnipeg. I want civic governance that works with, and not against, the taxpayer. I want a better future for our kids and greater support for our seniors. I want to rebuild our city with responsible infrastructure spending that focuses on innovation, creativity and forward thinking.
St. Vital will have to make a choice this election about the future of our city. Can you say with confidence that your city councillor has built a better future for Winnipeg? If you can’t, then let’s make the change together."
Name: Brian Mayes
Councillor experience, if applicable: I have served as city councillor for St. Vital ward for the past three years. Previously, I served a term as a school trustee in Brandon.
Why are you running? It has been an honour to serve as St. Vital councillor.
I have run a positive campaign, focusing on my record and on future priorities. I am running because I have a solid record of representing St. Vital, and enhancing the City of Winnipeg, over the past three years. I have worked for rebuilding the city’s infrastructure, with annual funding for road and sidewalk renewal increasing from $30 million to $84 million in the past two years. I have also supported a new $1-million program for asphalting gravel back lanes, the hiring of 31 additional crime prevention officers, and an overhaul of the city’s zone system for snow clearing in winter 2014-15.
Working with people from across St. Vital I have been pleased to bring forward such projects as the new Duck Pond Pavilion at St Vital Park; stopping the planned closure of the St. Vital library, with $2 million now allocated for modernization; updating of the outdoor Centennial Pool; first-ever city funding for Save our Seine; upgrades to all of our St Vital community centres; and construction of the Arden 7 War Memorial. I will continue to work for: responsible city budgeting, rebuilding our infrastructure, and promoting St Vital green spaces. Thank you for your consideration.