Peter Demong wins ex-opponent's backing for Ward 14

An incumbent alderman in a southeast ward has won the backing of his top opponent the last election.

Richard Dur, 2nd-place finisher in 2010 race, endorses incumbent council member

Failed 2010 candidate Richard Dur, left, throws his support behind Peter Demong for the Ward 14 council seat at a press conference on Thursday. (CBC)

An incumbent alderman in the southeast has won the backing of his top opponent the last election.

Peter Demong was endorsed on Thursday by Richard Dur, who placed second in the 2010 vote.

Dur is a business owner who has in the past worked for the Wildrose Party.

Demong said endorsements can't be overlooked.

"It's a matter of showing that I have the faith and understanding from a number of varied sources that believe in what I'm standing for,” he said.

Dur said the endorsement was unsolicited.

"Well, they did promise me a bouquet of flowers for my wife, so I guess that's some inducement,” he said outside Demong’s flower shop-turned-campaign office.

Demong has several endorsements already, including from incumbent mayor Naheed Nenshi, who supports all of council.

The two haven't seen eye to eye on many issues, such as secondary suites and how to spend $52-million in tax room vacated by the province.

Demong said he isn’t playing that card very much.

"No, that's not required in Ward 14."

Demong is running against Shawn Kao who also ran in the ward in the 2010 election.

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