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Handi Transit operator and former Iraqi refugee becomes ninth mayoral candidate

Posted: 08/22/2014 2:40 PM | Comments: 0

Last Modified: 08/22/2014 4:13 PM | Updates

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Winnipeg now has nine mayoral candidates.

Hazem Aslan, a 31-year-old Handi Transit owner-operator, registered his campaign for mayor on Friday afternoon.

Aslan said in an interview he is disappointed other Winnipeg mayoral candidates have not pledged to do more to prevent another frozen-pipe crisis, ensure bike paths are completed properly and prevent major projects from going overbudget.

He also said more must be done to help Winnipeg’s most vulnerable people.

"Every time you stop at a light, there’s people running to wash the cars. We need to help these people," he said.

Aslan is originally from Iraq and is a member of the Yazidi ethnic group recently persecuted by ISIS fighters. He spent seven years in a Syrian refugee camp before emigrating to Canada 15 years ago.

He graduated from Gordon Bell High School in 2002 before becoming a Handi Transit driver. He is married with two children.

He joins Brian Bowman, Michel Fillion, Paula Havixbeck, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, David Sanders, Gord Steeves, Michael Vogiatzakis and Judy Wasylycia-Leis.

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Updated on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM CDT: Write-through

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