More mayoral candidates step up in TO

John Tory has officially joined the race to be elected Toronto's next mayor, joining a number of other high-profile candidates including former TTC chair Karen Stintz.

Tory, a former Ont. PC party leader, mayoral candidate and radio personality, arrived at city hall to file his nomination papers Monday morning, one day after he announced his intention to join the race for Toronto’s top job.

Speaking to reporters, Tory repeated the message in his campaign launch video, saying he vows to make building a subway relief line his top priority if elected mayor.

"People are like sardines…trying to get around the city…let's get on with it," Tory said.

He also promised low taxes and a more functional city hall in his bid to unseat Rob Ford on Oct. 27, 2014.

Asked about how he plans on building a downtown relief line while keeping taxes low, Tory said he will unveil a detailed financial plan during the course of his campaign.

Tory officially joined the race the same day Coun. Karen Stintz said she will also be launching her own mayoral campaign.

The former TTC chair tweeted on Friday that she had filled out her nomination papers and will be launching her campaign Monday at 10 a.m.

Asked about the other declared candidates, including Rob Ford, former councillor David Soknacki, and dozens of lesser-known candidates, the former leader of the Ontario PCs said he plans on running a "positive campaign."

"How others choose to run their campaign is entirely up to them," Tory told reporters.

This is the second time Tory is running to be Toronto’s mayor. In 2003, he unsuccessfully ran against David Miller.


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