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What to know in North Kildonan ward before Winnipeg's election

One of Winnipeg's northernmost wards will see its incumbent councillor — the most senior member of the city's current council — face off against a familiar challenger this election.

City council's most senior member faces single challenger in race for northeast Winnipeg ward

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Winnipeg's North Kildonan ward includes the neighbourhoods of Rivergrove, Riverbend, Kildonan Drive and River East. (CBC)

About North Kildonan

One of Winnipeg's northernmost wards will see its incumbent councillor — the most senior member of the city's current council — face off against a familiar challenger this election.

North Kildonan Coun. Jeff Browaty, who has represented the ward for 16 years, will go up once more against insurance manager Andrew Podolecki, who was the only other person who ran in the ward in the last city election.

The ward's neighbourhoods include Rivergrove, Riverbend, Kildonan Drive and River East.

People in Winnipeg will head to the polls on Oct. 26 to vote for a new mayor, school trustees and councillors in 13 of the city's 15 wards. 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, just under 47 per cent of the people eligible to vote in North Kildonan cast a ballot for their ward's council seat, data from the city clerk's office shows.

Here's what you need to know before election day in North Kildonan.

Who's running?

Jeff Browaty is the longest serving member of Winnipeg's city council. He's serving his fourth straight term since being elected in 2006.

Jeff Browaty is the most senior member of Winnipeg's current city council. (Gary Solilak/CBC)

Browaty has served on several council committees since being elected, including the executive policy committee, which functions like the mayor's cabinet.

Andrew Podolecki is an insurance manager who has run several times for public office, including in 2019 for the provincial NDP and in 2018 in the same city ward he's running in now.

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Andrew Podolecki is an insurance manager running for council in Winnipeg's North Kildonan ward. (Submitted by Andrew Podolecki)

What are they promising?

Browaty says he'd focus on improving basic city services like roads, garbage pickup, public spaces and transit.

He'd also work to preserve Winnipeg's tree canopy, continue to push to expand Chief Peguis Trail to the west and advocate for the province to do a better job with the money it spends on family services and housing issues.

Podolecki's pledges include pushing to expand library hours, improve snow clearing, increase spending on active transportation, cap property tax at five per cent per year, introduce a citywide compost program, improve 311 services and transition Winnipeg Transit to all electric buses.

He'd also make public transit free for anyone younger than 18 or over 65, and $1 for everyone else.

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People in Winnipeg will head to the polls on Oct. 26 to vote for a new mayor and councillors in 13 of the city’s 15 wards. Councillors in the other two wards have already been acclaimed. (CBC)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caitlyn Gowriluk has been writing for CBC Manitoba since 2019. Her work has also appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, and in 2021 she was part of an award-winning team recognized by the Radio Television Digital News Association for its breaking news coverage of COVID-19 vaccines. Get in touch with her at caitlyn.gowriluk@cbc.ca.

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