St. Albert Mayor Nolan Crouse has withdrawn his name from contention for the Alberta Liberal Party leadership race.
Crouse did not give a reason for withdrawing.
“While many may wonder the reason(s) for this decision, the reasons will be kept private and I will provide “no comment” as to these varied questions and associated speculation,” Crouse said in a release.
Crouse also noted that he would like to “thank the hundreds who have assisted, volunteered and donated time; the support has been overwhelming and appreciated.”
Crouse was the only official candidate to seek the Alberta Liberal leadership and jumped into the race earlier this month. The nomination period closes on Friday at 5 p.m.
Currently, the Alberta Liberal Party only has one seat in the legislature, which is held by MLA David Swann in the Calgary-Mountain View riding. Swann is the interim leader of the party.
The Alberta Liberal Party leadership race wraps up with a one-week voting period for party members in May. A new leader will be announced June 4, 2017.