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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?
    2. john posted on 01/06/2014 11:50 AM
      @Vinnie first of all vinnie he is not under investigation his friend is .

      2nd yes he has problems he has to baby sit 1.5 mill people thats not easy to do .
  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. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 12:35 PM
      @donny p. You really need to get a new line...

      May I direct you to a dictionary, thesaurus- or would a picture pop-up book be of more help to you?
    3. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 12:45 PM
      @Karl Burgin I'll direct you to get your head out of your asshole...your opinions have no bearing on Toronto Politics and you need to STFU.

      This Troll Must Go...only idiots would give him the time of day...You need to understand that you're not welcome here, we have enough problems in Toronto without having to deal with stupid and ignorant outsiders.

      Just leave...TROLL
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 01:09 PM
      @donny p. No DOONY P. (and yes, I'm intentionally misspelling your name), I'm not going anywhere. You're just going to have to find some way to put up with me. And then put up with Rob Ford when he wins again.

      I'm going to spam everyone's email promoting Ford. I'm going to drop leaflets from the sky promoting Rob Ford. I'm going to plaster Rob Ford's posters everywhere. I might even find the time to put up lawn signs. Heck, you may be able to see one when you peer out of your mom's basement.
      Muahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!! FORD MORE YEARS!!!!!
      .
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      .
      P.S.
      To others who may be reading, I'm not seriously going to do any of these. Just want to see how DOONY reacts ;p
    5. Mark7 posted on 01/06/2014 01:59 PM
      @donny p. Hey Doofus, your temper tantrums are growing old, but thanks for the laughs, child.
    6. john posted on 01/06/2014 02:05 PM
      @Karl Burgin na he just pissed cause we dont have our heads up our asses .
    7. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 03:12 PM
      @john LMAO
    8. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 03:16 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL.

      Just leave, you're not wanted here...stupid, ignorant outsider.
    9. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 03:18 PM
      @Karl Burgin You still working at Compaq?...let me ask their HR, see what they say.
    10. dama posted on 01/06/2014 03:24 PM
      @donny p. who died and makes you the policeman of this CFRB1010 news forum?

      Everyone has the right to post their opinion, if you dont like Karl's opinion, dont reply.. aint that easy to do? unless you are retarded not to comprehend.. ha ha..

      This SNOP NOSKI guy.. well he just can afford to throw his $200 away.. Rob Ford will EAT him like a roast beef.. onooski
    11. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 03:27 PM
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      I can't sink to your level and try respond to your idiotic tantrums. This is the only way I can express how your expletives are.
    12. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 03:29 PM
      @donny p. Compaq isn't even a company anymore you moron. Goes to show how much you know.
      Try again......or on second thought, please don't. Wouldn't want you to hurt yourself.
    13. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 03:31 PM
      @dama You making racists comments about his Polish name?...Are you saying that Rob Ford will EAT him like his wife's pussy?

      That's funny, but please leave out the racism.
    14. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 03:33 PM
      @Karl Burgin Contacting Hewlett Packard HR....
    15. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 03:38 PM
      @donny p. 1.>LOL...at least you got the damn name right. But sorry, don't work there.
      2.>As for your remarks at DAMA- still proves you're an ignorant moron. And you're the one who needs to leave.

      Go buy some soap, and wash your filthy mouth.
    16. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 03:43 PM
      @Karl Burgin The search will continue after their HR gets back to me, I'm one of their suppliers...if you're working, you can't hide
    17. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 03:46 PM
      @Karl Burgin His post is 100% racist, when is it OK to make fun of someone's Polish name?

      At least my filthy mouth doesn't taste of pussy, like Rob Ford's.

      Ford Nation, nothing but racists, deviant perverts that eat pussy, and TROLLS...
    18. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 03:50 PM
      @donny p. 1.>Good luck on your witch hunt...
      2.>As for your second post, I need not elaborate further
    19. dama posted on 01/06/2014 03:54 PM
      @donny p. if you said that I was making racist comment because I dint want to double check his name.. so be it ..and I said ROB ford like his roast beef and SNOP NOSKI wil taste like it to Rob Ford..

      make it medium, a touch of pink.. ..
    20. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 04:19 PM
      @dama A touch of pink, like Rob Ford's pussy?

      RACIST....Why make fun of his name again?

      Ford Nation, nothing but pussy eating racists.
    21. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 04:26 PM
      @donny p. Maybe you should go back to your cave- and wait until winter is over before you come out. And quit being obnoxiously rude to people.
      You claim you're a supplier for HP, but you thought I worked for Compaq. I guess you did a quick Google search to rectify and correct.

      You are as fake as they come. You've done nothing more than prove that you still need more work handling the English language. And you seem to have no issues uttering your nastiness without warrant. Instead of the soap I advised earlier, now I think you need to take a swig of bleach- or Mr. Clean.
    22. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 04:31 PM
      @Karl Burgin HR people like to talk, especially the senior HR people...
    23. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:13 PM
      @Karl Burgin You have no problem unless you`re`stealing corporate time and resources to post your crap here. I`m backdooring you, askingIT/IS people for refrences because you`ve applied for a new job. Looking over your shoulder yet?
    24. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:19 PM
      @donny p. HR knows you and where you are...and so do I...you`re doomed. Do contractors get EI?
    25. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:26 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL
    26. john posted on 01/07/2014 01:38 PM
      @Karl Burgin while donny p is in the cave i got a big rock i will roll into the entrance of the cave to keep him in there . like the Taliban bitch he is . turn him in for a reward form the usa government . we split the money .
    27. dama posted on 01/07/2014 04:39 PM
      @donny p. SNOP NOSKI, SNOP NOSKI

      and you must have eaten Rob Ford's pussy to know it is pink;
      you sly son of a gun .. pretending to dislike Rob Ford but actually love EATING him.. now I know where Rob Ford spent his time..
      meeting up with you in bushes..
    28. john posted on 01/08/2014 01:55 PM
      @dama u do know talking about yourself dude not cool .
  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. AC posted on 01/06/2014 12:00 PM
      @Frankie Ford just pays lip service to his uneducated base about watching every dime at city hall. truth be told he's just like most politicians.
      he says one thing but does another. no problem raising taxes for a subway for political gain after all the BS about private money. How's he doing with that? when a funded transit plan was in place with no tax hikes. no problem the city eating 100 mil and up in cancelled contracts for political gain. could of been 500 mil and up and he still would of been ok because it was his pet subway.
      Ford has no respect from most taxpayers this time around after what we've seen with city paid staff acting as his servants at all hours of the day and night, him coaching football on company time. hiring his friends to do god knows what. it's this stuff that really pee's people off. the say one thing BS about watching every dime then him being selfish he does this stuff.
      you have to remember a lot of people on the left stayed home last election because really nothing to vote for.
      Not this time baby
    3. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 12:20 PM
      @AC "...truth be told he's just like most politicians..."

      You mean other politicians have smoked crack? You mean like other politicians with skeletons in their closets? Why haven't these 'other politicians' been as equally scrutinized as Rob Ford?
      I dare not say agenda, vendetta or bias- or else I'll be labelled as a crazy person. (I know my dear 'friends' are going to use this line against me).

      On the contrary AC, Ford has more respect for the tax payer than most politicians out there. A heck of a lot more than David Miller. And has raised the bar to unreachable levels for Kathleen Wynne and her conservatives.

      You speak of a funded plan for transit with no tax hikes. Are we also talking about the same funded plan for transit that went seriously over-budget? Or the same funded transit plans that we have to keep re-visiting because it wasn't planned properly (i.e. square peg doesn't fit in round hole akin to new TTC doesn't fit platforms)?

      So yeah, I guess you and your sorry excuse for a mayoral candidate can detract all you want. Thank God there are more people with a higher IQ than yourself that are voting....
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 12:23 PM
      @Karl Burgin "... mayoral candidate can detract ..."

      Meant to say 'deflect'. Have to appease to grammar nazis, ready to attack at sign.
    5. Frankie posted on 01/06/2014 01:09 PM
      @AC We know Ford's not watching every dime and part of the problem is there aren't enough councillors who respect taxpayer dollars to support Ford in his efforts. There are billions to be saved if one had a free hand to cut waste; imagine if the MIllerites actually cared about saving waste.

      His base is generally the middle class and I assure you they're more educated than the idiots pushing Miller's and his successors' wasteful agenda.

      If you want to call anyone uneducated however, that prize goes to the Ontario Liberals, who kept voting McGuinty in, hoping for a different result. Believe that's the definition of insanity.

      I'd also guess that the Millerites are mostly provincial Liberal voters too. Now isn't that a smart bunch!
    6. Karl Burgin posted on 01/06/2014 01:12 PM
      @Frankie ...no Frankie. The prize for the most un-educated goes to DONNY P.
      He seems to be stuck on one insult, and can't seem to think beyond his own fart.

      But on all the other stuff, you're bang on.
    7. 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.
    8. Mark7 posted on 01/06/2014 02:10 PM
      @AC "Ford just pays lip service to his uneducated base about watching every dime at city hall. truth be told he's just like most politicians."

      I agree with you. When Ford called out council to all take a drug test, they voted it down. Many more councilors would have been found out to be using drugs as well. They admitted guilt by not taking the test.
    9. dama posted on 01/06/2014 04:03 PM
      @Frankie You got it right.....

      anyone uneducated is someone who is paying attention to the tax payers dollar , so who is stupid now? the highly educated that still wants to vote NDP or Liberal, not that smart in my book...

      @AC, so you are one of those Elitist, highly educated and NEVER make a mistake in your life? even Mother Teresa made mistakes..

      FORD More Years...
    10. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:21 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL
    11. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:25 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL
    12. john posted on 01/07/2014 01:58 PM
      @donny p. donny p = troll . no make that a bitch .


      i apologize to female dogs everywhere thay are smarter then donny p .
  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?
    2. donny p. posted on 01/06/2014 09:23 PM
      @Karl Burgin STFU, TROLL
    3. Mark7 posted on 01/07/2014 10:48 AM
      @donny p. Keep this up much longer punk and I will press harassment charges for Karl. Having police in the family will make this enjoyable task much easier. If you think you can hide behind a keyboard and take out your frustrations in your pitiful life on others without retribution, then you are more small minded than you appear to be. I await your reply.
    4. Karl Burgin posted on 01/07/2014 12:23 PM
      @Mark7 Don't worry. He's probably just going to cut-and-paste it. It would take too much effort and strain for him to come up with something more meaningful.
      I was toying with the idea of reporting his posts (largely because I keep getting nonsense email notifications whenever he replies), but I'll let it go for now. At some point, he has to get tired of posting the same old thing, and expect people to take him seriously.
      Of all the haters though, this guy takes it to a whole new low. Never thought expressing an opinion would garner such reaction- to the point where he's reduced to cut-and-paste insults. Guess anything really is possible when one is anonymous behind a screen and a keyboard.
    5. john posted on 01/07/2014 02:01 PM
      @Karl Burgin i bleve so she is problum doing it in case she losses the next election . and she bloody will better to .
    6. john posted on 01/07/2014 02:10 PM
      @Mark7 donny p trolling is agenst the law u be careful thay may end up putting u in jail . and i will not hesitate to testify in his behalf . all he got to do is bring up the freedom of speech charter of rights violation and that court case will be more dead then Michal Jackson.
    7. john posted on 01/07/2014 02:58 PM
      @Mark7 donny p ever heard of proxy servers
      sand boxes
      firewalls
      vpns

      look them up u be surprised if u look them up and see what thay are all about .
    8. Mark7 posted on 01/08/2014 06:14 AM
      @Karl Burgin No worries Karl. We both know why you get attacked more than others. You posts are full of credible points which leave little room for rebuttals. This is why some like doofus aka donny feel so frustrated. They know they are in the wrong and never learned to cope with defeat.
  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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