October 27, 2013 4:13 pm

Mayor Rob Ford ‘salivating’ to defend record in election a year away

Watch: The race begins for the big chair at city hall, the mayor’s office. And Rob Ford is already looking over his shoulder at a familiar face from city hall.

TORONTO – Controversial Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he’s, in his words, “absolutely salivating” to defend his record in the city’s election one year away.

Ford said on his weekly show on Toronto radio station Newstalk 1010 that he can’t wait for the mayoral campaign to start so he can tell voters what a “phenomenal job” he’s done and why he should be re-elected.

He rattled off a handful of what he said were some “40 pages”‘ worth of achievements, including a planned subway expansion and a shake-up at the city’s public housing agency.

But Ford will have some competition from right-leaning councillor and transit commission chair Karen Stintz, who told several media outlets this weekend she’s jumping into the race for the mayor’s chair.

Stintz is positioning herself as a conservative alternative to the controversial mayor, who didn’t directly comment on his rival’s planned candidacy during his show Sunday.

The official start of the 2014 municipal election campaign is Jan. 2, which is the first day candidates can register to run.

© The Canadian Press, 2013

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