Taruc in civic election

 

Lito Taruc

  Lito Taruc files for candidacy at City Council Building, August 26. With him are his son, Jake (left), daughters Jovy May (centre), Rebecca Joy (right) and wife Hester

WINNIPEG – Lito Taruc, CKJS radio news anchor and president of the Philippine Association of Manitoba, is in the running for a seat on Winnipeg’s City Council in the civic election to be held on October 27.

More than 50 supporters were on hand to greet Taruc as he arrived at the City Clerk’s office on Thursday, August 26, to register his candidacy in the ward of Daniel McIntyre.

“I didn’t expect so many to turn out, but I’m glad they did,” said Taruc.

According to Taruc, infrastructure, crime, graffiti, neighbourhood safety, lighting and police visibility are some of the issues on his campaign platform, which he plans to discuss with voters during his door-knocking campaign.

Taruc, who is currently taking a leave of absence from his position as news director of the Filipino programs at CKJS Radio 810 AM, has entered a race that was already tight with four other candidates vying for the job in the traditionally NDP territory of Daniel McIntyre ward.

Incumbent Harvey Smith, who is well known in Winnipeg’s Filipino-Canadian community and has received some of its support in the past, is campaigning in spite of losing the endorsement of the New Democratic Party to Keith Bellamy, a constituency assistant for Winnipeg Centre MP Pat Martin. Liberal-affiliated school trustee, Cindy Gilroy-Price and John Cardoso, an insurance broker, are also running in the ward where approximately 18% of the population is Filipino.

Less than an hour after Taruc’s registration, Councillor Harvey Smith took a political swing at him in the press, painting Taruc as a likely tuta for the mayor, saying, “I think Lito’s a good Conservative. He’d be the mayor’s person.”

Taruc told the Pilipino Express that he has no party affiliation and that only ordinary citizens have urged him to run for City Council.

Registration for the election closes on September 22.

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Lito Taruc
Lito Taruc with his family and suporters outside Winnipeg City Council after registering his campaign for the October 27 civic election