What to know in St. Norbert-Seine River ward before Winnipeg's election

Residents in Winnipeg’s southernmost ward are getting four more years of the same councillor after no one registered to run against him.

No one signed up to run against incumbent — which means Markus Chambers gets another term at city hall

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Winnipeg's St. Norbert-Seine River ward includes neighbourhoods like River Park South, Fort Richmond and St. Norbert. (CBC)

About St. Norbert-Seine River

Residents in Winnipeg's southernmost ward won't get a chance to vote for their city councillor this election.

St. Norbert-Seine River Coun. Markus Chambers, who is in his first term, will hold on to his seat at city hall for another four years after no one signed up to run against him before the deadline passed on Sept. 20.

The suburban ward, most of which is located past the city's south Perimeter Highway, includes neighbourhoods like River Park South, Fort Richmond and St. Norbert.

People in St. Norbert-Seine River will still head to the polls with the rest of Winnipeg on Oct. 26 to vote for a new mayor and school trustees.

Council candidates are also on the ballot in 13 of the city's 15 wards. Coun. Devi Sharma in north Winnipeg's Old Kildonan ward was also acclaimed.

In the 2018 election, less than half of the people eligible to vote in St. Norbert-Seine River — just over 45 per cent — cast a ballot for their ward's council seat, data from the city clerk's office shows.

Here's what else you need to know about St. Norbert-Seine River's next four years.

Meet the councillor

Markus Chambers is walking into his second term as councillor. He was first elected in a wide-open 2018 race in the ward, which was created following boundary changes before the last election and had no incumbent.

Coun. Markus Chambers, seen here outside the council chamber, was acclaimed in St. Norbert-Seine River. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)

He's believed to be Winnipeg's first Black councillor. Chambers has taken on several council positions since being elected, including deputy mayor and chair of the Winnipeg Police Board.

What is he promising?

Chambers says he'll work to improve safety and core services, increase opportunities for equity and inclusion and promote tourism in Winnipeg.

He says he'll also push for better relationships between the city and other levels of government and open dialogue between residents and his office at city hall.

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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)


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