Toronto’s mayoralty race finally has a woman.

Sarah Thomson, publisher of the Women’s Post, told reporters yesterday she’s entering the race to bring a businesslike approach to city hall, the first woman of 21 candidates who have filed nomination papers to date.

Thomson says that shouldn’t be a factor in the election. “I don’t want to run on the basis that I’m a woman. I want to run on the fact that I have the skills needed and the vision to lead Toronto forward.”

Thomson, 42, said she would open the city to a system of “managed competition, where public employees bid openly against private companies, non-profits and other government agencies for the privilege of providing services to the people of Toronto.”

Thomson also said she would push ahead to build full-fledged subway lines, instead of streetcar lines.

She said private partners should be enlisted to help finance the new projects.

Thomson, who once ran unsuccessfully for Hamilton city council, said new thinking is needed in Toronto.

“Toronto needs someone with business experience to take over and guide the city in the right direction.”