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."