Iraqi Refugee Registers for Winnipeg’s Mayoral Race

A ninth candidate in the race to become’s Winnipeg mayor has emerged.

Hazem Aslan, 33, filed his papers with the city clerk’s office Friday afternoon before stumbling upon a throng of reporters at City Hall for another reason.

The Handi-Transit owner-operator said city departments are wasting millions and not thinking of the taxpayer.

He said ongoing issues like frozen pipes, snow-clearing and poor infrastructure are areas he would focus on fixing.

Aslan is originally from Iraq and came to Canada 15 years ago after spending seven years in a Syrian refugee camp.

His educational background is a high school diploma from Gorden Bell High School in 2002 and some courses from the University of Winnipeg.

Aslan is a married father of two children, who accompanied him on Friday when he registered his campaign.

Other candidates for mayor include Brian Bowman, Gord Steeves, Judy Wasylycia-Leis, Paula Havixbeck, Robert-Falcon Ouellette, Michael Vogiatzakis, Michel Fillion and David Sanders.

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