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OTTAWA – Winnipeg businessman Jarret Hannah has changed his mind about running for the Conservative nomination in Winnipeg South.
Hannah released a statement today saying he couldn’t properly balance full-time campaigning with his other obligations to his "family, faith, and my career."
"As the campaign for the nomination unfolded, it became quite evident to me that these priorities were becoming un-balanced," Hannah said. "Seeking public office is a full-time endeavor and to do this you have to be hyper-focused. Ultimately, I am not able to give the required focus."
Hannah first announced his candidacy for the nomination in mid-April, saying he had been approached by several people and urged to run and believed he was at a time in his life when he could do it.
The married father of two teenagers is the owner of Gel Marketing Group, a business development firm.
He ran for City Council in Winnipeg in 2011, losing the Charleswood-Tuxedo-Whyte Ridge ward by just 56 votes.
The Conservative candidacy in Winnipeg South became suddenly open in January when MP Rod Bruinooge announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election after three terms in office.
In addition to Hannah, Prof. Gordon Giesbrecht, known unofficially as Professor Popsicle, has announced his intention to seek the nomination. Giesbrecht has conducted extensive research on hypothermia and cold-water survival and is a sought-after advisor on the subject for the military and wilderness groups.
He is a professor of thermophysiology and the associate dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management at the University of Manitoba. That latter position is coming to an end and Giesbrecht said the time is right for a run at politics.
Also in the Conservative nomination race is Stephen Barber, an economic accounts analyst at the Manitoba Bureau of Statistics. Barber, a St. John’s Ravenscourt graduate with a B. Comm from the University of Manitoba and an LLM degree in international economic law from the University of Edinburgh.
His Linkedin page says he wants to be the MP for Winnipeg South "because I believe in serving, compassion and responsibility. We must demand from our government purposeful action and sound stewardship, in recognition of our own limitations, and through this to empower Canadians."
The nomination has been set for June 20.
The Liberals hope the lack of incumbent will buoy their chances in Winnipeg South, where former city councilor Terry Duguid is running for the second time. Bruinooge won in 2011 by more than 5,000 votes.
Duguid also ran for the Liberals in Kildonan-St. Paul previously.
The NDP have yet to nominate anyone in the riding nor have any candidates declared their intentions yet.
The Green Party also does not have a candidate in Winnipeg South at the moment.
The Conservatives also have yet to nominate someone in Saint Boniface, where regional cabinet minister Shelly Glover is also not seeking re-election.
The federal election is scheduled for Oct. 19.
Updated on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 1:49 PM CDT: The nomination has been set for June 20.
2:15 PM: Adds Stephen Barber is running.