02/22/2014 05:47 EST | Updated 04/24/2014 05:59 EDT

Karen Stintz Expected To Formally Register Monday In Toronto's Mayoral Race


Former TTC Chair and North Toronto Coun. Karen Stintz is expected to formally join the Toronto Mayoral race Monday.

Stintz is planning to formally register as a mayoral candidate morning at Toronto City Hall, according to the CBC's municipal affairs reporter Jamie Strashin

Previously 43-year-old Ward 16 Eglinton-Lawrence first indicated last October she was intending to run.

"I’ve been working hard for the people of the city and I want to work hard for them for the next four years in the capacity of mayor, and I want to make sure we continue to move our city forward," Stintz said when explaining her motivation for entering into the election.

Stintz is one of the mayor’s highest profile adversaries to enter the election so far. She has been a city councillor for 10 years and has served as the TTC chair during Ford's term as mayor.

She’d said she would not run until she had stepped down as TTC chair — which she did earlier this week.

Other known contenders vying to lead council include Rob Ford and David Soknacki.

Ford filed his nomination papers as soon as clerk's office opened on the first day for acceptance of nominations on Jan. 2.

"I've got the strongest track record, I've been the best mayor this city has ever had," Ford told reporters, officially declaring his candidacy in the Oct. 27 municipal election.

David Soknacki is another notable high-profile contender running for election. He’s a former councillor and city budget chief.

In January, Soknacki said “Toronto is facing serious challenges," adding that he was focusing on openness and accountability. "We need to have level-headed, practical leadership if we are going to take them on and change our city for the better.”

"I want this job. I want this job with all my heart. We can do better."

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