Vocal council candidate John Zabiuk has shocked supporters.
Zabiuk announced he's pulling his name off the ballot for the 2017 municipal election.
"The way things are looking for me both in my career and continuing on with my education, it just looks like with the council activities, I would lose the balance between a healthy home life and a healthy work life," explained the NAIT technology professor and retired Royal Canadian Air Force administrator.
Supporters were disappointed and saddened to learn he's dropping out of the race.
"It feels great knowing that people were supporting me," Zabiuk stated. "By no means does this mean that I'll be dropping out of the [political] scene, I will be a very strong voice for the Fort and depending on how this new council does, I'll be showing up and making more presentations to council."
He added to watch for his name in the next municipal election in 2021.
Zabiuk also announced he's throwing his endorsement behind mayoral candidate, Arjun Randhawa.