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Voters head to the polls in municipal elections across Manitoba

Manitobans across the province head to the polls to vote in municipal elections Wednesday and several communities will see new mayors elected. Global News / File

People across Manitoba took to the polls in municipal elections held province-wide Wednesday.

There will be a new mayor in Winnipeg, where Global News is projecting former city councillor Scott Gillingham will take over for incumbent Brian Bowman, who did not seek re-election.

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But Winnipeg is not the only Manitoba community that will be welcoming a new mayor this fall.

There will be a new mayor in Brandon, where Rick Chrest has called it a career after two terms and two candidates are running for the job.

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In early results late Wednesday, longtime councillor Jeff Fawcett was ahead of the only other candidate, Elliott Oleson.

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Like Brandon, Portage la Prairie will also see a new face in the mayor’s office Thursday.

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The city had four candidates vying for the mayor’s chair after Irvine Ferris announced he was stepping down after eight years in the office.

City councillor Sharilyn Knox beat out contenders Bryon Hamilton, John Donald Pelechaty, and  Mohammad Tahir Khan, to become Portage’s next mayor.

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Steinbach, on the other hand, does not have a new mayor following Wednesday’s vote.

Earl Funk has been acclaimed for a second term as Steinbach’s mayor after no other candidates registered to run against him.

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Some other communities saw incumbents re-elected.Colleen Smook won another term as mayor of Thompson. Larry Johannson was victorious again in Selkirk.

In the north, longtime mayor of Churchill, Mike Spence, won reelection over challenger Darren Oman, who had not previously run for public office.

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Meanwhile, voters across the province also cast ballots for school trustees Wednesday.

Two high-profile opponents of COVID-19 public health orders, Todd MacDougall and Patrick Allard, failed in their bids to get elected to different school boards in Winnipeg.

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The two men were among five people recently convicted and fined for repeated breaches of public health orders. They have said they will appeal their convictions.

–with files from The Canadian Press

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