08/28/2013 03:32 EDT | Updated 08/28/2013 03:39 EDT

Curtis Penner Withdraws Edmonton Mayoral Candidacy

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Edmontonians will have one less option when voting for the city's next mayor.

Curtis Penner announced Wednesday he no longer plans to run for mayor, saying he can better serve the city by focusing efforts on the cause that inspired him to join the race than preparing for a campaign.

"I have decided that I can better pursue my passion and serve the Edmonton community by focusing my efforts solely on the fight to retain our rights to our parkland, versus diluting my efforts through a mayoral campaign," he said in a statement.

He also asked those who donated to his campaign to contact him for refunds.

Edmonton's current mayor Stephen Mandel announced in May he will not seek re-election.

Main candidates in the race include Don Iveson, Karen Leibovici and Kerry Diotte -- all city councillors.

The municipal election is scheduled for October 21.

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