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WATCH: Former councillor David Soknacki officially registers for mayoral race

Soknacki has been out of politics since 2006, after he served as budget chief during David Miller's first term

David Soknacki

David Soknacki is now an official candidate in the race to become mayor of Toronto.

The former councillor registered at city hall this morning, handing over 200-dollars and signing the required document.

He says his campaign will focus on ethics, transparency and accountability.

"We need to have level-headed, practical and productive leadership," Soknacki told reporters after he filed his candidacy papers.

During his campaign, Soknacki promises to disclose all of his donors and any meetings he has with lobbyists. If he were to become mayor, he says he would release his daily schedule, something that mayor Rob Ford has not done.

Soknacki is considered a fiscal conservative. He was budget chief during David Miller's first term, but the two had differences of opinion on some spending issues. Soknacki left politics in 2006 and has been running a spice importing business since then.

Councillor Paul Ainslie is supporting Soknacki in his run for mayor. Ainslie started off at city hall as Soknacki's executive assistant for six years.

"I think he'll bring a lot of stability to the job," Ainslie said when asked how he thinks Soknacki would be different from Rob Ford as mayor.

Comparisons to mayor Ford have already begun. After registering this morning, Soknacki was asked whether he himself has ever smoked crack cocaine.

"Zero. No," Soknacki said while laughing. "I'm not nearly that interesting."

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  1. Mark7 posted on 01/06/2014 10:21 AM
    David Miller's ex budget chief? You have not a chance to win, nor deserve it.
    1. Sonny posted on 01/06/2014 02:50 PM
      @Mark7 Soknacki will at least get enough votes to deny Ford a squeaker victory...
  2. john posted on 01/06/2014 10:35 AM
    lol he is talking about accountability lol he has no f$%## ing clue what that means . lol . transparency lol . we have a mayor in my town that said that as well . and she is less transparent then a brick wall .
    1. Vinnie posted on 01/06/2014 11:06 AM
      @john Kinda like Rob Ford, whose daily schedule remains a mystery despite PROMISING accountability during the last campaign? Or the fact that he resfuses to speak to the police about the criminal investigation he's under? Kinda like him?
  3. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 10:36 AM
    "He was one of David Miller's budget chiefs."

    A good reason as to why to not vote for him. Moving on...
    1. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 12:28 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL, we don't need or want outsiders telling us what to think or how to vote. Get the hell back to where you live, stay out of our back yard.

      Get lost, TROLL.
    2. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:26 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL
  4. Frankie posted on 01/06/2014 10:44 AM
    Let's hope he dilutes the vote for Chow sufficiently to keep her far far away from City Hall
  5. AC posted on 01/06/2014 10:51 AM
    Miller left the city with over 300 mil surplus when he decided not to run for a 3rd term.
    If it's him or Ford I'll take this dude and i hope he has a loud mouth brother that pee's off the right wingers.
    the city's reputation has been thrown in the gutter under Ford. no where to go but up
    1. Frankie posted on 01/06/2014 11:25 AM
      @AC Elect me Mayor and I'll show you how to create a $ 1 Billion surplus. I'll raise taxes. Any idiot can do that so please look at both sides of the equation before praising your hero Miller.

      No question Ford has made a fool of himself. A great Mayor would actually focus on REDUCING WASTEFUL SPENDING. At least Ford has tried to do that, which means he has some respect for taxpayers, unlike Miller, who figured he could screw taxpayers at his pleasure.
    2. Mark7 posted on 01/06/2014 02:03 PM
      @AC "If it's him or Ford I'll take this dude and i hope he has a loud mouth brother that pee's off the right wingers"

      Small minds like yours would want to see more shenanigans at city hall, something that Rob Ford is trying to rid city hall of. Lefties truly are fool hardy.
  6. don was right posted on 01/06/2014 11:56 AM
    the ugly ghost of david miller raises its ugly head. Quick cut it off before it spreads
  7. john posted on 01/06/2014 03:21 PM
    Dianne Crook yet another BS add form fullofshit.com
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 03:24 PM
      @john Do you think it's Kathleen Wynne posting this?
  8. Mike from the hinterland posted on 01/06/2014 05:27 PM
    David who?
  9. SCOTT posted on 01/06/2014 10:28 PM
    Doug Ford called Rob Ford`s wife The Pollack on this radio station...I can see this becomming a racist slugfest.
    1. john posted on 01/07/2014 02:24 PM
      @SCOTT whats wrong with polish women . it is the white women i don't like . to snotty .
  10. john posted on 01/07/2014 02:15 PM
    cheap nike air max trainers man theres lots of ads form that website fullofshit.com thay must be having a big ad campaign .
  11. dama posted on 01/08/2014 02:18 PM
    Latest poll today. Rob Ford 47% will even beat O Chow at 32% and J Tory at 30%. K stink at 12% and Snopnoski at 8%

    I think John Tory should save his $200, he is so far 0 for 0 in all past elections except for the PC leadership, if he runs and lose again, well.. you can fill in the blank .......

    O Chow,, Harper is giving her the governorship, she will be stupid not to take it......

    K stink should also save her $200 unless she wants to expense it as "business" expense.. to the tax payer...
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