Former cabinet minister Kathleen Wynne has officially announced her campaign to run for the leader of the Ontario Liberals.

Wynne hopes to replace Dalton McGuinty who announced Oct. 15 that he was leaving public office after nine years as premier and 16 years as party leader.

“This is a critical moment not just for our party, but for Ontario,” Wynne said in a release Monday.

“We must choose a leader who can help navigate through these difficult times —who can stay the course on our economic plan; who can bring opposing sides to the table and find real, creative solutions to the challenges we face.”

Toronto-Centre MPP Glen Murray was the first candidate to throw his hat into the ring. He made the announcement on Sunday, a day after stepping down as Ontario minister of training, colleges and universities.