Global News projects Jeff Browaty as North Kildonan councillor

Global News is projecting Jeff Browaty will once again be councillor for the North Kildonan ward. Global News / File

Global News is projecting Jeff Browaty as councillor for the North Kildonan ward.

The incumbent Browaty was challenged by Andrew Podolecki, who is made his third run in as many elections for the seat in this year’s municipal election.

Unofficial voting numbers as of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday showed Browaty with 10,725 votes compared to Podolecki’s 4,030.

Browaty beat out Podolecki — his only challenger last time around as well — with 77.17 per cent of the vote in 2018.

First elected in 2006, Browaty has chaired numerous committees during his four terms on council and currently sits as finance chair.

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Jeff Browaty.
Jeff Browaty. City of Winnipeg

Browaty opposed the opening of Portage and Main in a plebiscite held during the 2018 election and has often been outspoken about road and transportation issues, as well as city spending during his time on council.

Podolecki, who also ran as the Manitoba NDP candidate in Portage la Prairie during the 2019 provincial election, currently works as an insurance manager.

He’s said he would put public services first if elected to council, and work to ensure tax dollars are used for services Winnipeggers want and need.

Major issues Podolecki mentioned in a questionnaire filled out on the city’s website include implementing the city’s Master Transit Plan and Active Transportation plans, as well as tackling homelessness, crime and the opioid crisis.

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Andrew Podolecki. Submitted

The North Kildonan ward is located at the furthermost edge of north-east Winnipeg and includes the neighbourhoods Rivergrove, Riverbend, Kildonan Drive, Rossmere-A, River East, Springfield North, Springfield South, Valhalla, Kil-Cona Park, and Mcleod Industrial.

It’s bordered by Mynarski and Old Kildonan to the west and Elmwood – East Kildonan and Transcona to the south.

According to the latest census data provided on the city’s website, North Kildonan had a population of 44,125 in 2016.

That year, the median individual annual income for all residents in the ward was recorded at $35,121, according to the census data.

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