Former MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis to register as mayoral candidate today
WINNIPEG – Judy Wasylycia-Leis, an NDP former federal MP and member of the Manitoba legislature, will register Monday to run for mayor.
On Monday morning, she tweeted her intention to register as a candidate at 3 p.m.:
Heading to City Hall at 3pm today to sign my papers. I will be available to media. Looking forward to launch tomorrow in West Wpg. #Judy2014
— Judy Wasylycia-Leis (@Judy_WL) June 2, 2014
She’ll appear on Global Winnipeg’s Morning News on Tuesday morning to talk about her second run for mayor. She finished second to Mayor Sam Katz in 2010, with 90,913 votes to Katz’s 116,308.
Wasylycia-Leis has long been expected to enter Winnipeg’s mayoral race, which already has six registered candidates, including Coun. Paula Havixbeck, former councillor Gord Steeves, University of Manitoba academic Robert-Falcon Ouellette and lawyer Brian Bowman. Katz hasn’t said whether he’ll run for re-election in the Oct. 22 vote.
Wasylycia-Leis was a New Democratic Party MP from 1997 to 2010, first representing Winnipeg North Centre and then Winnipeg North.
She was a Manitoba MLA from 1986 to 1993.
Blogger Gordon Warren was the first person to register as a candidate but he withdrew from the race on May 26.
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In other election news, St. Norbert Coun. Justin Swandel announced he won’t be running for re-election in 2014. He plans to move into real estate and development work, he said in a news release.
There are four incumbent councillors who do not plan to run for re-election in their wards – Swandel, Havixbeck (Charleswood), St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal, who plans to run federally for the Liberals, and St. James-Brooklands Coun. Scott Fielding.
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