DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The first major candidate to enter the race for mayor has formally filed campaign papers today.

Last year at this time David Kunkle was police chief.   This time next year he hopes to be mayor.  On Monday,  he formally threw his hat into the ring today here at city hall.

Kunkle says he is the right man for the job and that he’s quote, “in it to win it.”  The retired police chief filed Monday in what could be considered an attempt to discourage other lesser known names from running.

While crime may have been his focus in his previous job, Kunkle says he will focus his attention on neighborhood concerns if elected.

Primarily, Kunkle wants residents to get more out of their tax dollars.    Kunkle says he would also make downtown development a priority.   His campaign treasurer is the husband of former Dallas Mayor Laura Miller.