[URBAN NOTE] "Ford adversary Stintz casts her eye on mayoralty"
Toronto city councillor Karen Stintz, The Globe and Mailnotes, seems ready to run for the mayoralty of Toronto in the case of a by-election.
The North Toronto councillor made headlines when she led a council revolt against Mr. Ford’s unfunded, underground-only transit vision, but she has made a habit of playing down her political ambitions.
That’s no longer the case.
Ms. Stintz is no longer ruling out a run at the city’s top job if the mayor loses his appeal of a judge’s order to oust him from office and a by-election is called.
“All options are open and at this point I wouldn’t close the door,” she told The Globe and Mail in an interview. “I’ve always said I would never run against Rob Ford. If Rob Ford wasn’t running, that would certainly be one obstacle that would no longer be there.”
In her fight to save the TTC’s light-rail plan, Ms. Stintz showed she could build alliances across council, a trait that many speculated at the time would make her a formidable candidate for mayor.
“I would expect there would be a number of councillors that would be interested [in running in a by-election,]” she said. “Until we know the outcome of the appeal it is premature to speculate on what anybody would do.”
Councillor John Parker, a TTC commissioner and close confidant of Ms. Stintz’s, is urging her to throw her hat in the ring.
“I would expect that a lot of folks are offering advice right now and encouraging her to take a serious look at it,” he said. “I think she should go for it. I think she would be good on the job and I think she would be a strong candidate.”