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David Soknacki

Toronto Mayoral Candidate

David Soknacki is a successful entrepreneur and a former city councillor, who is running to become Toronto’s next mayor.

David was first elected to office as a councillor in the former City of Scarborough in 1994. He then served as a councillor in Toronto after amalgamation, winning a by-election and two general elections to represent Ward 43 (Scarborough East).

David led Toronto’s budget process as Council’s budget chief from late 2003 until 2006.

We Need To Think Outside the Box to Fight

We Need To Think Outside the Box to Fight Gridlock

If we truly want Toronto to be the best city it can be, we are going to need to accept the stark reality that the way we have been approaching gridlock simply is not working. Throwing more money at the problem won't solve everything, and more transit won't fix our congestion challenges alone without fixes for other modes.
06/25/2014 12:52 EDT
Let's Partner Tech Startups With City

Let's Partner Tech Startups With City Hall

As Mayor, I will make sure Toronto leads the way in data transparency. I want to disclose more datasets at accessible standards than any other comparable city in the world. But this information must also be easier for coders and citizens to use. Toronto's existing Open Data releases often have limited value because the data isn't in a usable format.
04/10/2014 12:43 EDT
Move Over Rob Ford: How I'd Restore Civility in City

Move Over Rob Ford: How I'd Restore Civility in City Hall

As mayor, I will move to adopt ranked ballots, a model that would help to unite our divided city by rewarding candidates with a broad appeal within the electorate. Too much of our current political discourse is spent on negativity, or pitting councillors against one another. Ranked ballots would help eliminate this rancor, fostering a more positive political environment. Ever wonder why political parties choose leaders this way? It's because ranked ballots help maintain a certain level of civility that has been AWOL from Toronto politics for quite some time.
03/14/2014 12:30 EDT
Never Heard Of Me? Neither Has Jimmy

Never Heard Of Me? Neither Has Jimmy Kimmel

My name is David Soknacki. Never heard of me? Don't worry, neither has Jimmy Kimmel. While other candidates have been making headlines with their personal ups and downs, I've been thinking about what's best for Toronto. I am running for mayor.
02/27/2014 10:45 EST