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Global News projects Sherri Rollins as Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry councillor

Global News is projecting Sherri Rollins as councillor for the Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry ward. City of Winnipeg

Global News is projecting Sherri Rollins as councillor for the Fort Rouge – East Fort Garry ward.

The area’s incumbent councillor, Rollins was seeking a second term against Michael Thompson, who also run against her in 2018.

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Unofficial numbers from Wednesday’s vote, reported shortly after 11 p.m. showed Rollins with 9,704 votes compared to 3,075 for Thompson.

Rollins first arrived on council in 2018 after winning a hotly contested race that year that saw six other candidates try for the seat following the resignation of long-time area councillor, Jenny Gerbasi.

Sherri Rollins, the area city councillor for Fort-Rouge East Fort Garry. Michael Draven / Global News

Rollins’ 5,349 votes narrowly edged out her closest competitor in 2018, Jeff Palmer, who garnered 4,783 votes in that election.

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Thompson finished fifth in 2018 with 793 votes.

Rollins, a former trustee with the Winnipeg School Division, has had a busy first four years on council.

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She is a member of council’s executive policy committee, and chairs council’s protection, community services and parks committee.

She is also secretary to council on homelessness and the finance committee, sits on council’s budget working group, acts as council’s representative to the Winnipeg Library Board, and sits on the Mayor’s Indigenous Advisory Circle.

Michael Thompson. Submitted/Facebook

Rollins had said her priorities in the 2022 election include affordable housing, increasing green infrastructure, protecting Winnipeg’s urban forest, and creating opportunities for young families.

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Thompson, who grew up in Amaranth, Man., studied computer science at the University of Manitoba and worked for 25 years at Western Canada Lottery Corp.

According to his campaign website, Thompson has continued his education while raising his family and volunteering, obtaining a project management certificate from Red River College and a management certificate from the University of Winnipeg.

He currently lives in Osborne Village and works at Allmar Inc., according to his website.

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Thompson’s priorities included homeless and housing, infrastructure and transportation, economic development, and community and neighbourhood growth with a focus on the downtown.

Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry is in central Winnipeg and includes the neighbourhoods of West Broadway, Earl Grey, Ebby-Wentworth, Mcmillan, River-Osborne, Roslyn, Armstrong Point, South Portage, The Forks, Broadway-Assiniboine, Legislature, Point Road, Wildwood, Crescent Park, Lord Roberts, and Riverview.

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It’s bordered by Daniel McIntyre and Point Douglas to the north, River Heights- Fort Garry to the west, and St. Vital and St. Boniface to the east.

According to the latest census data provided on the city’s website, Fort Rouge-East Fort Garry had a population of 45,240 in 2016. That year the median individual annual income for all residents in the ward was recorded at $35,928.

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