10/04/2012 09:46 EDT | Updated 12/04/2012 05:12 EST

Saskatoon mayoralty candidate says he's seeking pardon for criminal assault

SASKATOON - A candidate for mayor of Saskatoon says he is trying to be pardoned for an assault conviction nine years ago stemming from what he calls a "messy" divorce.

Court records show Clay Mazurkewich was convicted of three counts of assault in connection to a 2003 domestic altercation.

Mazurkewich says when you "make a boo-boo," you feel bad, think about it and conclude it wasn't the right way to handle the situation.

The self-described blue-collar candidate says he’s learned from his mistake and hopes voters don’t judge him unfavourably for it.

The 50-year-old is running against incumbent Don Atchison and research scientist Tom Wolf.

So far, Mazurkewich has run a low-profile campaign focused on tax breaks, in-fill development and affordable housing.

“I’m not a greedy man," he said Thursday. "I think I can give back to the community. That’s what a blue-collar worker does.”

According to the city’s election rules, there is nothing that prevents a candidate with a criminal record from throwing their name on the election ballot.

Any Canadian citizen who is at least 18 and resides in Saskatoon can seek a position on city council.