It may not feel like it right now but the race to become mayor of Toronto for the next 4 years is starting to heat up. Today is officially the first day that candidates can register to run for the office.
Current city mayor, John Tory, has made it clear that he is running for the office again, but he won’t be running unopposed.
A couple names of people who will run against him have trickled in, so Toronto meet some of the other contenders.
Saron Gebresellassi is a lawyer and activist.
Her twitter bio refers to her as a "People's Lawyer. Agitator. Power Broker. Crisis Manager. Fixer. Legal Analyst/Commentator. Millennial. Community Advocate."
She uses her law office to fight for social justice causes, she once took Starbucks for $1 million to court after a woman said her manager scheduled her to work with someone she had accused of assault.
She also once represented a woman who lost her job while on maternity leave.
She officially signed up today to run as a candidate against mayor Tory in the election.
En route to City Hall with @DesmondCole to make history. This is an epic day in the City of Toronto— Saron Gebresellassi (@SaronGeb) May 1, 2018
Great to be with fellow alumni #kyleashley (6ix road safety superhero) and Chris Potvin @RideJamesRide at Bike Minds finale. Wonderful series where people for whom the bicycle is more than just two highly efficient wheels tell their stories. #moreplease #biketo @MattPinder1 pic.twitter.com/dKZRi0AsrV— Sarah Climenhaga (@SarahC2018) April 19, 2018
Another contender who will be running is Sarah Climenhaga, a safe-streets advocate who has worked with groups such as Cycle Toronto, TTC Riders and the St. Clair Right of Way Initiative for Public Transport.
She's said that she wants to help the city fair for everyone, whether they drive, use transit, cycle or even walk.
She once sang a song she wrote herself at a TTC meeting in support of a 2 hour period for transit riders to transfer.
She calls herself a non-partisan progressive who will build the platform she runs on based on input she has from people in the city's communities.
No one has released the specifics of a platform that they'll be running on yet but the race is now officially on.
Voting for the mayor of the city will happen on Oct. 22 of this year.