They have battled over transit and now TTC Chair Karen Stintz will go head-to-head against Mayor Rob Ford for the job of running the city.
Stintz confirmed her intent to run for mayor of Toronto in the 2014 municipal election on Saturday evening.
This comes just one day after Ford confirmed his re-election slogan would be “Ford More Years.”
She can’t officially enter the race until the January 2, 2014 with advertising and fundraising.
She buys into Fords fiscal policy’s but thinks a lot of people would rather have her carry the torch than him
“I believe we need to continue to move forward on key files like transit and a strong fiscal foundation and strong economy,” she explained.
Stintz said she wanted to reserve sharing any more details on her campaign for now.
As for the Mayor, on his weekly radio show on Sunday, he said he encourages everyone who is interest to join the race and said he’s up for the challenge.
“Bring in on. It feels like I’m just warming up. You know at a hockey game when you’re circling around and you’re just ready to drop those gloves and just jump over the boards before the game even starts,” Ford said.
Stintz is not the first person to announce her intent to run in the mayoral election. Businessman and former councillor David Soknacki announced in September he would run.
“I welcome Karen to the race. She’s a hardworking councillor,” he told 680News. “Yet I believe my skills in both my own business and at council will serve me well as mayor.
“I hope to bring the two sides together — or the many sides together actually — with respect to our great city. I’ve been chatting with friends and former colleagues from council and have the impression that people say we have a great city but it can be better.”
The left side of the political spectrum remains open, although there is some speculation that MP Olivia Chow will take a run at it.
Stintz was appointed chair of the TTC after the last municipal election in 2010.
With files from 680News.com staff