What to know in Daniel McIntyre ward before Winnipeg's election
Business owner, community organizer hope to unseat incumbent councillor
About Daniel McIntyre
A west-central Winnipeg ward will see its two-term councillor go up against two challengers in this year's election.
Daniel McIntyre Coun. Cindy Gilroy will face business owner Sal Infantino and community organizer Omar Kinnarath in the race to represent the area.
Daniel McIntyre is one of Winnipeg's smallest wards, and includes neighbourhoods from Sargent Park to Wolseley and from Central Park to Minto.
People in Winnipeg will head to the polls on Oct. 26 to vote for councillors in 13 of the city's 15 wards, as well as a new mayor and school trustees.
Councillors in the other two wards have already been acclaimed — meaning they automatically hold on to their seats — after no one ran against them.
In the 2018 election, a little over one-third of the people eligible to vote in Daniel McIntyre — or just under 36 per cent — cast a ballot for their ward's council seat, data from the city clerk's office says.
Here's what you need to know before election day in Daniel McIntyre.
Cindy Gilroy is the current councillor for the ward. She was elected to the position in 2014, when she beat longtime councillor Harvey Smith.
Since taking office, Gilroy has been a member of several council committees, including the executive policy committee, which functions like the mayor's cabinet.
Sal Infantino is a business owner who runs X-Cues Cafe & Lounge.
Omar Kinnarath is a community organizer who has been involved with groups including Mutual Aid Society Winnipeg and Fascist Free Treaty 1.
He ran into controversy recently when hateful social media posts he made a decade ago circulated online, but says he takes responsibility and wants voters to know he's changed.
What are they promising?
Gilroy says she'd work to address poverty and housing issues in Winnipeg and advocate for improved roads, transit and active transportation routes.
She says she'd also lobby to fund the city's climate action plan and focus on improving safety by working with police and community and social agencies.
Infantino says he'd push for better snow clearing, anti-theft bike racks and changes that allow large items to be picked up with regular garbage collection in Winnipeg.
He says he'd also create a hotline to report potholes, work to preserve the city's tree canopy and push the province for better addictions and mental health services and a living wage.
Kinnarath says he'd take public or active transportation on most of his trips, regularly engage with constituents and establish a mutual aid hub within a year.
His policy priorities include transportation, crime and poverty reduction, infrastructure, the city's tree canopy and shifting 10 per cent of the Winnipeg Police Service budget elsewhere.
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