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Karen Stintz drops out of mayoral race

Former TTC Chair gives no hint what she'll do next

Karen Stintz has pulled out of the race to become the next mayor of Toronto.

After the rumour surfaced in the National Post Thursday morning, Stintz addressed the issue and made her announcement at 11 a.m.

She told reporters that she became frustrated without gaining ground in the polls and that had a financial impact on her ability to run a campaign.

In the latest poll released by Forum Research, Stintz was at the bottom of the pack with just 4 percent support.

She says she will also not be running for re-election as a councillor, saying her immediate plans include getting through the next council meeting, and getting her kids ready for school.

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  1. Karl Burgin posted on 08/21/2014 08:57 AM
    Its not like she'll make much of a difference anyways....
    But still, she deserves a solid "A" for the effort....
    1. dama posted on 08/21/2014 03:42 PM
      @Karl Burgin Agree.. she tried.. very good effort.
      next David Soknacki.
  2. CynthiaT_3 posted on 08/21/2014 09:11 AM
    She probably wants to make sure she can still run for councillor. Wants to be somewhere on the city committee.
    1. dama posted on 08/21/2014 03:44 PM
      @CynthiaT_3 you probably lost the part when she said she is not seeking re-election as a councillor..
  3. ToddK_2 posted on 08/21/2014 11:43 AM
    Toronto needs Rob Ford to do the same so we don't let Chow slip into the Mayor's chair.
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 08/21/2014 12:40 PM
      @ToddK_2 Or how about Chow resigns so its a good race between Tory and Ford.....thats a better idea
    2. dama posted on 08/21/2014 03:45 PM
      @Karl Burgin that would be a smack down.. just JT and RF, epic race to the end..
    3. JustinR_5912 posted on 08/21/2014 04:16 PM
      @Karl Burgin Wouldn't it be nice if Chow discovered that her true passion was to run a small winery far away from Toronto, and never darken our political doorstep again?
  4. Angry Bill posted on 08/21/2014 12:42 PM
    I wasn't entirely on board with her, but congrats to Karen for fighting the good fight. I think she would have made a quite adequate mayor of Toronto. Realistically, she never had a chance, and she realizes it. She would have stayed until the end, but she's right. Financially, it made no sense to do so. Good for her for making a really hard but sensible decision.
    1. AbbyW posted on 08/22/2014 10:16 AM
      @Angry Bill A group in her ward were promised she'd help them fight a monster home from being approved, then showed up in support of the buyer. She lost a lot of support with that issue, and her frequently changing her mind makes me think she'd have been a terrible mayor.
  5. JohnLocke posted on 08/21/2014 01:14 PM
    She saw the writing on the wall and did not want to get off of the gravy train.

    Thats too bad, now we will be stuck with her as a Councillor again.
    1. Angry Bill posted on 08/21/2014 01:32 PM
      @JohnLocke She's stated she isn't running for council again. She's out of public life, at least for now.
  6. AbbyW posted on 08/22/2014 08:04 AM
    IMO she frequently blew with the wind so I never knew where she stood from one minute to the next, so good riddance!
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