June 2, 2014 11:55 am
Updated: June 3, 2014 6:25 am

Former MP Judy Wasylycia-Leis to register as mayoral candidate today

Judy Wasylycia-Leis was at the Winnipeg Pride Parade Sunday. She's expected to declare her candidacy for mayor on Tuesday.

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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.:

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.

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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.

The other declared candidates for mayor are funeral home director Michael Vogiatzakis and exotic dancer booking agent Michel Fillion.

Blogger Gordon Warren was the first person to register as a candidate but he withdrew from the race on May 26.

READ MORE: Winnipeg election 2014

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.

RELATED: Another councillor quits mayor’s inner circle

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