One of the four candidates for Mayor has pulled out the race, but his name will remain on the ballot.
Rony Rajput, who lives outside of the city limits and owns a business in downtown Grande Prairie, is not eligible for candidacy. He says it was an oversight on his part, but as soon as he found out that he had to live within the city, he withdrew his name.
“We live in the County, just outside the city limits,” said Rajput. “The city called me and told me that I couldn’t run. We started the procedure to withdraw my name.”
His name may be on the ballot on Election Day as he took his name out of the running after the 24-hour grace period. Although it may be there on October 16th, he is asking people not to vote for him.
“We just wanted to go and make some changes. We wanted to make this a safe place for all the families. I have a family too. I wanted to make this a safe place for other families as well.”
Dick Baillie, Incumbent Bill Given, and Theodore Nikoforuk remain as mayor hopefuls.
In order to be nominated, candidates supply the appropriate form with five required signatures and pay a $100 nomination deposit.
Rajput says he hasn’t put any thought into running in future elections.
Election Day is October 16.