Manitoba

Former mayoral candidate Vogiatzakis throws support to Bowman

Mike Vogiatzakis, who fell 58 votes shy of being able to become a nominated mayoral candidate, has declared his support for former competitor Brian Bowman.
Mike Vogiatzakis was declared ineligible to run for mayor in this fall's election. (CBC)

Mike Vogiatzakis, who fell 58 votes shy of being able to become a nominated mayoral candidate, has declared his support for former competitor Brian Bowman.

The funeral director and businessman said Bowman is an honourable man that deserves to be the city's next mayor.

That's in part, Vogiatzakis said, because Bowman offered to help him when his bid to enter the race fell short. 

"When this whole thing happened, Brian Bowman was the first guy, ... not only the first, but the only guy, to phone me and say, "Hey Mike, is there anything I can do to help you?' And that shows leadership," Vogiatzakis said. 

Vogiatzakis had earlier been contemplating legal action against the city to contest his failed bid. He said he has now abandoned that idea.

Vogiatzakis said he learned a lot during his often flamboyant campaign, promising new ways to fix potholes and scrap the city's photo radar system.

"It was a good experience and it opened my eyes to many, many things that are wrong with this city," he said. "I didn't realize how many people were fed through food banks. I didn't realize how much poverty there really is in our city."

The rest of the now seven official candidates take part in a forum at noon today at the Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce.