Scott Gillingham has been elected as the next mayor of Winnipeg.
It was one of the tightest mayoral races in Winnipeg’s history. Scott Gillingham received 27.5% of the votes beating Glen Murray by just over 4,000 votes.
Gillingham will take over the role of Mayor from Brian Bowman who was first elected in 2014. Bowman announced in 2020 that he would not be seeking re-election.
About Scott Gillingham
Scott Gillingham was first elected to Winnipeg City Council in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018. During his time on council, he has become widely respected by colleagues, department staff, stakeholders and the media. Scott’s collaborative, responsible approach has been the hallmark of his time on City Council.
Scott firmly believes that council owes it to the citizens of Winnipeg to establish a longer-term approach on council votes, with a focus towards capital projects or city service spending that increases Winnipeg attractiveness as a place to live, play, work and invest.
During Scott’s five-and-a-half years as Finance Committee Chair, he acted as lead on the budget process. Scott has applied a long-term focus on the overall City finances.
It was his leadership that drove the development of Winnipeg’s first multiyear balanced budget. This initiative turned out to be prescient as the creation of four years of balanced budgets between 2020 and 2023, adopted in the earliest days of the pandemic, helped the City of Winnipeg weather the $220 million pandemic-related revenue loss in the first years of that budget cycle.
Scott has also held several other important responsibilities including the chair of the Winnipeg Police Board, Council Liaison for Labour Relations and the Council Liaison – Veteran & Military Affairs, a position he helped create.
He still serves as co-chair of the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region Board and as the City of Winnipeg’s representative on the board of the North American Strategy of Competitiveness.
Prior to serving on city council Scott served as pastor for over twenty years. He and his wife Marla have been married for over 25 years and live in Silver Heights. Together, they have raised two adult children, daughter Hannah and son Andrew.