WINNIPEG – David Sanders, a former provincial bureaucrat, on Thursday became the eighth candidate in Winnipeg’s mayoral race.
The lawyer and former deputy minister of urban affairs has become well-known at city hall, where he regularly appears before council meetings to ask politicians about their work.
“I’ve been looking very closely at city hall the last year and a half. I’ve been not at all happy with how things are managed there, and I believe I have the experience and training in government to do the job. I certainly know the city well,” he said on Thursday morning.
Sanders has a Master’s degree in political studies and economics and is a practicing lawyer. He’s also a certified management consultant and commercial real estate agent.
Sanders’ knowledge of city hall goes back to 1965, before the city amalgamated, when he covered both Winnipeg city council and Metro council for the Winnipeg Tribune newspaper.
The first thing he intends to do is to overhaul senior administration at city hall, he said.
“I can’t believe the relationship which has developed between the administration and councillors, where the administrators withhold information from councillors and the councillors accept that.”
Winnipeg will elect a new mayor, council and school boards on Oct. 22.
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