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David Soknacki enters Toronto mayoral race

Former city councillor David Soknacki filed nomination papers on Monday to run in Toronto’s mayoral election in October.

The 59-year-old represented Scarborough East from 1999 to 2006 and served as the budget chief under then mayor David Miller before leaving politics to focus on his private business.

Soknacki said the city faces serious issues and he wants to change Toronto for the better.

“Toronto is facing serious challenges. If we’re going to take them on and if we’re going to change our city for the better we need to have level headed, practical, productive leadership,” he explained.

Soknacki also promised to set a “higher standard” in the way he campaigns and the way he conducts himself as mayor.

“The first step in bringing forward a new, positive agenda for Toronto is to be transparent so the public can see clearly how city hall is operating with the standards that they expect and deserve,” he said. “I want this job. I want this job with all my heart. I know we can do better as a city so let’s make it happen.”

Twenty other candidates are vying to run the city, including current Mayor Rob Ford who says he looks forward to challenging Miller’s ex-budget chief in the upcoming debates.

The municipal election will be held Oct. 27.