10/27/2013 15:54 EDT | Updated 12/27/2013 05:12 EST

Karen Stintz will run for mayor of Toronto in 2014

Coun. Karen Stintz says she plans to run for mayor next year, becoming the first current council member to say she will be competing against Mayor Rob Ford in the next election.

Stintz officially announced her candidacy on the weekend.

The Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence councillor says that she is assembling a campaign team and believes she would be a good alternative to Ford, who has already stated his intention to seek a second term.

Stintz has been a city councillor for 10 years and has served as the TTC chair during Ford's term as mayor.

The news that Stintz will seek the top job at city hall came as no surprise to Coun. Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother.

"Well, I think she announced a year ago," Ford said.

The next election will take place in exactly one year.

Olivia Chow, the MP for Trinity-Spadina, was asked Sunday about the news that Stintz would be running for mayor next year.

Chow wished Stintz the "best of luck" in her campaign, but would not say whether she would pursue a mayoral bid herself.