Judy Wasylycia-Leis joins Winnipeg mayoral race
Former NDP MP and MLA launches 2nd mayoral bid
Judy Wasylycia-Leis is promising to bring honesty and integrity back to Winnipeg city hall as she launches her second bid to become mayor.
The former NDP MP and MLA spoke to reporters as she submitted her paperwork with the city clerk's office shortly after 3 p.m. Monday.
She will also hold a news conference on Tuesday.
Wasylycia-Leis said if elected, she will fix Winnipeg's crumbling infrastructure and restore public trust in city hall — two issues that she said this year's campaign will be fought on.
"Certain people have access to city hall and others don't. Some developers have access and others don't. And there's a sense that ordinary voices and real people's concerns are not being heard," she said.
"Probably more than anything else, they really believe that no one is actually listening to them. People I've talked to, neighbours and friends right across this city, want change."
This will mark Wasylycia-Leis's second run for the mayor's job — she came in second to current Mayor Sam Katz in the last civic election in 2010, following a hard-fought battle.
Voters will go to the polls on Oct. 22 to elect a mayor and council.
Also running for mayor this time around are Brian Bowman, Michel Fillion, Paula Havixbeck, Robert Falcon-Ouellette, GordSteeves and Mike Vogiatziakis.
Katz has not yet indicated if he will seek re-election.
Wasylycia-Leis said she has nearly 2,000 supporters and volunteers ready to go in this campaign. She added that she'll start making campaign promises very shortly.