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Giambrone officially enters Toronto's mayoral race

TTC Chair Adam Giambrone wants to be the next mayor of Toronto.

The 32-year-old filed his nomination papers on Monday morning and unveiled his vision for the city at a campaign launch party later in the evening at the Revival nightclub, located in the College St. and Ossington Ave. area.

Giambrone strutted onto the stage to the beat of the Black Eyed Peas and was greeted by a roaring crowd.

He called himself a city builder as he announced he is ready to lead Toronto into the future.

“There’s an old saying 20 years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the things that you did do – so let’s get to work and map out our future together. That’s why I’m running for mayor.”

He also said he sees a greener Toronto with better transit and a city that creates oppourtunities for everyone.

But, outside the launch party there was a very different atmosphere.  A few protestors were hoisting signs that read “Giambrone is a business killer.”

One protestor yelled, “he’ll brainwash you too, man.”

Other protestors said they wouldn’t be able to trust him with the city because he can’t even get a handle on the TTC.

Recent TTC troubles include a fare increase, which angered many commuters and the camera phone picture of a sleeping ticket collector that went viral.

Meantime, earlier on Monday Toronto mayoral candidate George Smitherman tore a strip off the newest candidate when he filed his nomination papers at City Hall.

Smitherman said Giambrone should step down as TTC chair, suggesting riders shouldn’t have come second to his personal goal of becoming mayor.

Last week, Giambrone posted a tongue-in-cheek video on YouTube showing him doing pushups, jumping jacks and jogging in place to illustrate his fitness for the job.

To view the video, click here.

Giambrone has joined a field of candidates, including former Ontario cabinet minister George Smitherman, former Liberal fundraiser Rocco Rossi and two city councillors, Joe Pantalone and Giorgio Mammoliti.

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