The race to become mayor of Cote Saint-Luc heated up Thursday evening as Robert Libman launched his campaign.

The former mayor will be running against current mayor Mitchell Brownstein, as both candidates get ready for a battle.

No stranger to political campaigns, Libman has run six times before in municipal, provincial and federal races.

He said he’s ready to reclaim the mayoral seat.

“Cote Saint-Luc is a great place to live but it's not living up to its potential. It needs leadership to bring it to the next level,” he said.

Libman is running on a platform of lowering taxes, championing the Cavendish Extension and removal and redevelopment of the CP rail yards, but he's facing a tough opponent in current mayor Brownstein.

Brownstein won by acclamation after Anthony Housefather moved to federal politics, and said he intends to stay in office.

He's also taking aim at Libman's record as mayor.

Though it happened more than a decade ago, the city’s demerger has become one of this year's campaign issues.

Brownstein sent out a statement saying it's what distinguishes him from Libman and added he's the only candidate who has the full support of council as well the former and current MP for the riding.

“If he doesn't have credentials or achievements to speak of he'll criticize me. He'll find anything to criticize me with,” said Libman. “My interest is to debate the issues.”

The candidates will get their chance to do just that before the election on Nov. 5.