Former Winnipeg Mayor Glen Murray takes part in 2022 Municipal Run – Winnipeg

A former Winnipeg mayor is looking to get his old job back.

Glen Murray, who served as the city’s 41st mayor from 1998 to 2004, announced his intention to run in the October mayoral election on Wednesday.

“I have been blessed with opportunities and experiences in Winnipeg and across the country that have enhanced my knowledge and ability to serve the public,” Murray said in a statement.

“I have encouraged collaboration throughout my career and believe that Winnipeggers deserve that kind of commitment from their mayor to work with other levels of government, business and the not-for-profit sector.

“There’s still a lot of work to do to get a better deal for our city so we can thrive and be successful.”

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Murray, who was the first openly gay mayor of a major North American city, ran for federal office in the riding of Charleswood-St. James riding in 2004 but lost to Steven Fletcher.

After moving to Toronto, in 2010 he succeeded in becoming a member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the Liberal Party.

In 2020, Murray finished fourth in the federal Green Party leadership race.

In the race for mayor of Winnipeg, he joins an already packed field – one that includes Councilor Scott Gillingham, former MP Robert Falcon-Ouellette and last mayoral runner-up Jenny Motkaluk.

Other candidates include former provincial Liberal leader Rana Bokhari, businessman Don Woodstock, entrepreneur Shaun Loney, biosystems engineer Idris Ademuyiwa Adelakun, small business owner Rick Shone, volunteer community Chris Clacio and Desmond Thomas.


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Melissa C. Keyes