More than 30 years in Kitchener Waterloo, and I don't recall that happening before.
James Rhodes, a tax lawyer making his first run for office, decided to step out of the race in Kitchener, and toss his support behind Dan Glenn Graham. I don't know Mr Rhodes, but I'm sure that is a difficult decision to come to. Throwing your finances, and more into a race for Mayor is not an easy decision to begin with.
As far as his endorsement goes, that is unusual. We see it when political parties hold leadership competitions, with one candidate being dropped off the ballot and moving to another camp. But it's not part of the general election system.
Mr Rhodes name will stay on the ballot, and you can be sure he will receive some votes, simply because a significant number of people don't pay attention, or don't hear whats going on.
Mr Rhodes says he backed Mr Glenn Graham because they are very much on the same page. I believe that.
But I also wonder if it gives the impression of strategic voting. .A lot of times, this kind of thing happens not so much because of a desire to help someone win, but out of a plan to stop someone else. . Even though I know a lot of people vote against things, I like to believe most people cast their ballot for positive reasons.