CBC Manitoba

Manitoba Votes 2010: Mayoral Races

Sam Katz

Age: 59


A businessman who embarked on his career by opening a clothing store in Brandon shortly after graduating from the University of Manitoba, Katz's entrepreneurial ventures also include forays into real estate and entertainment. He owns Showtime Productions Inc., which brings concerts, musicals and consumer shows to the city. He also owns the Winnipeg Goldeyes baseball team, which plays in the Northern League.

He has also run businesses in the restaurant and club sectors and was once listed as one of 125 Influential Manitobans.

He became the city's 42nd mayor in 2004, winning a byelection when Glen Murray resigned to run in that year's federal election. He was re-elected in 2006, receiving more than 61 per cent of the vote.

In 2004, he was given the province's highest honour, the Order of Manitoba, for demonstrating an ability to improve the social, cultural and economic well being of Manitoba and its residents.

His legacy in office includes keeping property taxes frozen, reducing business taxes (eliminating it for a third of the city's smallest businesses), a police Auxiliary Force Cadets program and a police helicopter, which is scheduled to begin flying in October.

The priorities in his election platform include reducing crime, addressing infrastructure needs and providing a climate for economic growth.