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Who's Running For Toronto Mayor In 2014?

03/13/2014 12:12 EDT | Updated 03/21/2014 12:59 EDT
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The race for Toronto mayor is heating up with Olivia Chow officially entering her bid Thursday.

There are 41 candidates currently vying for the city's top job, with the nomination period ending Sept.11.

Candidates have already started campaigning through social media and sharing platforms on their websites. Some of the major points they're discussing include plans for expanding the subway system, working past the left and right-wing divide and lowering taxes.

Here are some of the top contenders for the job but for a full list of candidates visit the City of Toronto's website.

Rob Ford: After four years plagued with controversies and attempts at ending the so-called "gravy train," Ford says he wants to continue his job as mayor for another term. His campaign slogan? "Ford more years." He plans on continuing to fight for subway extensions, lower taxes and the privatization of garbage collection in parts of the city.

Olivia Chow: Chow was a Toronto city councillor from 1991-2005, then joined federal politics with her husband Jack Layton as a New Democratic Party member of Parliament. She is the only prominent left-winged candidate thus far. Although she hasn't announced her platform yet, Chow has hinted she wants greater federal investment in infrastructure.

John Tory: The former leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario placed his bid for mayor promising to make the downtown subway relief line his priority. He also vows to make Toronto a more affordable and livable city, while keeping taxes low. Tory previously ran for mayor in 2003, but lost to David Miller.

Karen Stintz: Toronto city councillor and former Toronto Transit Commission chair, Stintz placed her bid for mayor in February, 2014. She's running on a platform that focuses on building a downtown relief subway line and renovating the Gardiner Expressway. Stintz is places on the centre-right of the political spectrum. She's running with the campaign slogan: "Toronto tomorrow: it's our time."

David Soknacki: A former city councillor and budget chief, Soknacki supports the LRT plan in Scarborough over the Ford-supported subway extension. One of Soknacki's main platform promises is to end the partisan politics at city hall and work with councillors from all political backgrounds. Soknacki is also generally placed on the centre-right of the political spectrum.

Sarah Thomson: Thomson ran for mayor in 2010, but pulled out before the election and threw her support to George Smitherman. If elected, she plans on expanding the subway system and funding it through road tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway for non-residents of Toronto. Her platform also promises more funding to care for the homeless and those living in social housing.

Morgan Baskin: At 18-years-old, Baskin is a high school student and the youngest candidate for mayor. Her platform is based on ending the divisive politics in city hall and fixing public transit. She favours bike lanes and a downtown subway relief line. Baskin plans on accomplishing these goals as mayor with increased funding from federal and provincial governments.

Jeff Billard: Billard's platform focuses on environmental causes such as revamping Toronto’s recycling program, extending the green roof program and creating a new plan for more bike lanes. His extensive platform also mentions his support for startup businesses, and the arts and cultural life of Toronto.

Toronto voters head to the polls on Oct. 27.

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