Kevin Klein sought Manitoba PC nod for Kirkfield Park byelection after mayoral loss – Winnipeg | Biden News


Former city councilor Kevin Klein has announced plans to seek the PC nomination for an upcoming provincial byelection less than 48 hours after conceding defeat to be Winnipeg’s mayor.

In a press release late Friday afternoon, the former councilor for Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood said he will seek the Progressive Conservative nod to run in Kirkfield Park, the provincial riding left vacant by former PC MLA Scott Fielding.

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“It has been a great honor and privilege for me to represent the residents of the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Westwood ward at city hall for the past four years and advocate on behalf of the residents of my ward,” Klein said in the release.

“I will bring that same passion for the community to the role of MLA for Kirkfield Park.”

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Klein stepped down from his role as councilman to run to be the city’s next mayor in Wednesday’s municipal election.

He ultimately finished third in a crowded field of candidates with just shy of 15 percent of the vote. Former St. James councilor Scott Gillingham beat out second-place finisher Glen Murray to be Winnipeg’s new mayor.

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Kirkfield Park stretches along the western border of Winnipeg, north of the Assiniboine river and south of Portage and Ness avenues. It is bordered by Moray Street to the east and Headingley to the west.

Created by redistribution in 1979, the riding was held by the Progressive Conservatives from 1981 until the NDP took the seat in 2007. The NDP kept the seat until 2016 when former Fielding won it back for the PCs.

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Fielding, who triggered the by-election by announcing he was retiring from politics in June, is backing Klein’s nomination bid, according to Klein’s release.

“I have known and worked with Kevin during his years on City Council,” Fielding is quoted as saying in the release.

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“Kevin is very committed to the community and has been very active with community groups to ensure their voices were heard when decisions were made. Kevin will make an excellent MLA for the residents of Kirkfield.”

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has yet to call the by-election in Kirkfield Park, but the vote must be held by mid-December under provincial law.

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— with files from The Canadian Press

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