What to know in Waverley West ward before Winnipeg's election
Trade advisor Pascal Scott hoping to unseat incumbent Janice Lukes, who won seat by acclamation in 2018
About Waverley West
People in one of Winnipeg's southernmost wards will get to vote in this year's election for who they want to represent them at city hall — a chance they didn't have last time around.
That's because in 2018, Waverley West Coun. Janice Lukes was acclaimed in the ward, meaning she won automatically after no one ran against her.
This time, trade advisor Pascal Scott will also be on the ballot in the ward, which includes the neighbourhoods of Linden Ridge, Whyte Ridge and Waverley Heights and the Bridgwater area.
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.
Here's what you need to know before election day in Waverley West.
Janice Lukes is the ward's current councillor. She was first elected to city council in a wide-open race in 2014, after St. Norbert incumbent Justin Swandel didn't seek re-election.
Since taking office, Lukes has been on council's property and development committee and its innovation and economic development committee.
Pascal Scott is a trade advisor who was born and raised in Winnipeg and is fluent in Mandarin.
What are they promising?
Lukes says she'd focus on issues related to crime, policing, homelessness, housing, immigration and seniors. She says her priorities also include mental health, community safety, transportation, recreation and economic development.
Scott says his top priorities include fixing potholes and reducing urban sprawl, along with addressing poverty, homelessness and addictions. He says he'd also push for alternatives to police responding to certain situations, including by exploring collaboration between community organizations and police.
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