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Stewart pulls out of mayoral race, backs Nenshi

Another mayoral candidate bit the dust Thursday morning in a surprise announcement.

Due to lack of numbers at the polls, candidate Wayne Stewart has withdrawn from the race and is throwing his support behind candidate Naheed Nenshi.

“Naheed’s commitment to poverty reduction, to making city hall more accountable, to the taxpayers and for his vision of a city that works for Calgarians, are in line with all that I stand for,” said Stewart.

The former Shell executive and president and CEO of the Calgary Homeless Foundation said his campaign just did not reach enough people.

“The polls were a significant factor,” said Stewart Stewart was the first mayoral candidate to set up billboards and bus ads.

He proposed a 2022 Winter Olympics bid, a tax freeze, and was a strong advocate against homelessness.

He vowed he will stay “involved in some way.”

Nenshi said he was thrilled to have Stewart and his team come onboard his campaign.

“Wayne, you are not done yet, we have a lot more work to do together,” said Nenshi.

Stewart’s surprise announcement came only about 24 hours after Bob Hawkesworth dropped out of the race and put his support behind former TV news anchor Barb Higgins.

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