The race to become the next mayor of Winnipeg has another contender.

David Sanders, a former senior bureaucrat for the province of Manitoba and City of Winnipeg, filed his papers and formally registered as a candidate Thursday morning.

Sanders, who has postgraduate training in political science, urban land economics, business administration and law, said he has a unique combination of education and experience that makes him the best possible candidate.

A regular fixture at city hall and known for blasting both politicians and bureaucrats for mistakes and bad policy, Sanders said his criticism hasn't been enough to make serious changes, so he's decided to run for the city's top job and push for the changes himself.

"I've been trying to ask the hard questions and offer some practical solutions at council, but so far I am not happy with the result. At this point I really want to overhaul city hall," he said.

"First order of business will be to make major changes in the senior administration.

"There has been a culture that's developed within the senior administration which I find unacceptable from the point of the view of a professional public administrator, which I have been for many years."

The list of candidates seeking the mayor's seat now stands at eight:

  • David Sanders
  • Gord Steeves
  • Judy Wasylycia-Leis
  • Brian Bowman
  • Robert-Falcon Oullette
  • Paula Havixbeck
  • ​Mike Vogiatzakis
  • Michel Fillion

Winnipeggers go to the polls to elect a new council and mayor on Oct. 22.