The Better Voter Series: Mayoral candidate spotlight
Getting to know Brad Gross
For mayoral candidate Brad Gross, being Winnipeg’s mayor is a lot like being a real estate developer.
“When you go into developing you go in with doing the project right the first time so it saves you money,” he explained.
“You go in with a knowledgeable understanding of what it’s going to cost to do the project. You cut the corners where you can but you still have to create a quality product, and that’s how I’d run the city.”
The 44-year old realtor and developer with two daughters, aged seven and nine, draws on his role as dad to dictate how to he would govern the city.
“I bring a lot of passion,” Gross contends. “I’m a parent. I’m a parent before a politician so I don’t make false promises.”
While Gross has never run for any level of office before, he is unhappy with current mayor Sam Katz, and believes Winnipeg deserves a leader that listens and takes action for citizens.
“I don’t think he (Katz) really works hard enough to do the things that really matter to the people of Winnipeg,” Gross contended.
After living in Toronto, Calgary and Edmonton over the years, Gross has returned home to Winnipeg with knowledge and experiences that he hopes to parlay into progress for the ‘Peg.
“I’m sort of just taking bits and pieces of all those cities and trying to implement them to a better Winnipeg,” he said. “I moved back here because I love it here. People are way more friendly here than all those three cities combined.”
With ideas to spur tourism through media, reduce petty crime downtown with security cameras and save money by installing solar street lights, Gross feels that he is candidate to bring common sense to the mayoral position through his platform.
“I’m going to lower taxes, I’m going to create jobs and I’m going to save the city money. But I believe in karma so it’s not always about the cash,” he said.