08/21/2014 11:27 EDT | Updated 10/21/2014 05:59 EDT

One less rival for Rob Ford in Toronto's mayoral race as Karen Stintz drops out

TORONTO - Rob Ford has one less rival vying for his job as mayor of Toronto.

Karen Stintz, a long-time city councillor, says she's dropping out of the race for the city's top job.

Stintz says she's disappointed her ideas did not gain the traction she had hoped for, leaving her lacking the level of financial support needed to continue.

But she says she's proud of her efforts over the next few months.

Ford — who has raised the profile of the municipal race due to his colourful antics in and out of city hall — is now faced with three major rivals which include former NDP MP Olivia Chow and former Ontario Progressive Conservative leader John Tory.

Toronto's municipal election will be held on Oct. 27.