May 1, 2014 8:37 am

Race for mayor starts Thursday in Winnipeg

The race for mayor of Winnipeg officially starts Thursday.

Jeremy Desrochers / Global News

WINNIPEG – Manitobans who want to make a run for Winnipeg’s top job can register as candidates Thursday.

Registration for those who wish to run for mayor in the Oct. 22 election opens Thursday morning. Candidates can also now begin to spend money on their campaigns and accept donations.

So far, only one person has declared he’ll run for Mayor Sam Katz’s job – former city councillor Gord Steeves.

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Former MLA and MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis, who ran against Katz, is expected to run, as is lawyer Brian Bowman.

Councillors Scott Fielding and Paula Havixbeck also appear to be considering runs for the top spot at city hall.

Katz hasn’t yet said whether he intends to run, although he has repeatedly refused to rule it out.

Steeves announced on Oct. 28 that he intended to run for mayor, saying it’s time for change and using the slogan “Mayor for a new day” at a splashy news conference.

Registration to run for council begins on June 30.

Winnipeg residents who are Canadian citizens, at least 18 years old and who have lived in Winnipeg or owned property here for at least six months by election day are eligible to vote. Call 311 to find out whether you are on the voters list.

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