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St. James Coun. Gillingham resigns from Winnipeg committees, considers mayoral run

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Winnipeg city councillor Scott Gillingham has resigned from a pair of city committees and says it's very likely he'll run for mayor this fall – Apr 4, 2022

A Winnipeg councillor says he’s stepping back from his roles on the city’s executive policy committee (EPC) and from his role as finance chair.

And Scott Gillingham says there’s a good chance he’ll target the city’s top job.

“It’s very likely that people will see my name on the ballot for mayor in this election,” Gillingham told 680 CJOB’s The News Monday.

Gillingham (St. James) announced Monday that he’s resigning from the roles now that Winnipeg’s 2022 budget is complete.

He had served as finance chair since late 2016.

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“I believe now is the time for me to step back from these roles so that I can dedicate more of my time and attention to participating in the important debate we all need to have over the coming months about our city’s future,” Gillingham said in a statement.

“I am proud of my record of working constructively and in good faith with people who have different points of view from across the political spectrum – including Mayor (Brian) Bowman and EPC colleagues past and present.”

Bowman announced in October of 2020 that he will not be pursuing re-election in this fall’s civic election, and Gillingham had previously signalled his interest in a potential run for the city’s top job.

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