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Glen Murray

Glen Murray is a Canadian politician, who served as mayor of Winnipeg, Manitoba from 1998 to 2004. He was the first openly gay mayor in a large North American city.Murray was born in Montreal, Quebec and attended John Abbott College and Concordia University. Prior to entering politics, he was a coordinator of health education, working with AIDS patients at a Winnipeg clinic. A 1992 documentary film, A Kind of Family, followed the relationship of Murray with his foster son, a 17-year-old street kid.Glen had a 15 year career in local government in Winnipeg. Murray served as city councillor from 1989 to 1998. He was first elected to council as the candidate of an alliance called "Winnipeg into the '90s", defeating local entertainment promoter Sam Katz and businessman Joe Bova. He was a very popular city councilor re-elected three times to council with over 80% of the votes cast. He was a labour endorsed member of council who enjoyed strong support from local business leaders. As a city councilor he led the formation of several Business Improvement Zones and led the revitalization of Corydon Avenue and Osborne Village. He successfully lobbied the Provincial government to create an innovative municipal property tax credit program for heritage buildings.He was elected mayor on October 28, 1998 with 50.5% of the vote in a close race against grocer Peter Kaufmann, who received 45% of the vote. Murray was re-elected in 2002 over former councillor Al Golden. Winnipeg was the world's largest city with an openly LGBT mayor until Bertrand Delanoe was elected mayor of Paris in 2001. Murray claimed that his sexual orientation was not an issue in the mayoral election.Murray was believed to be a potential candidate to replace Toronto mayor David Miller in the 2010 municipal election, but later announced he would seek the Liberal nomination in Toronto Centre for the by-election to succeed George Smitherman. Murray retained the seat for the Liberals, winning 47% of the vote, and is now a member of the Ontario legislature.