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Stintz rules out mayoral run in 2010

Talk of big-name candidates like George Smitherman and John Toryrunning for Toronto mayor next year is already putting the squeeze onpotential challengers, with Karen Stintz now bowing out.

Talk of big-name candidates like George Smitherman and John Tory running for Toronto mayor next year is already putting the squeeze on potential challengers, with Karen Stintz now bowing out.

The North Toronto councillor positioned herself this term as a persistent critic of David Miller and likely candidate to run against him. But when Miller announced last month that he would not seek re-election, the landscape changed.

Although the coming open race makes a bigger slate of candidates likely, Stintz said it’s difficult to organize a campaign with both Smitherman and Tory “talking about it and not declaring.”

Smitherman said he is seriously mulling a run, but is focused on his day job as deputy premier. Tory, who led the opposition Tories at Queen’s Park, is now hosting a weekday radio show on Newstalk 1010.

“Everybody is waiting to see who is going to enter the race,” Stintz said, adding it looks possible that neither will declare until March or April.

“In that waiting period, it’s difficult to get traction, talk about issues, because you’re trying to build a team, raise money.”

While there had been much speculation as to who would be the ideal candidate to take on Miller in a two-way race, the pressure is off to declare quickly.

So far, only Coun.Giorgio Mammoliti has officially thrown his hat into the ring.

 
 
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