Former city councillor Doug Ford has officially announced that he will be running for mayor of Toronto in 2018. Ford made the announcement at his family’s 23rd annual “Ford Fest,” hosted at his mother’s house in Etobicoke.
Addressing at the event, Ford said his mayoral run will honour his late brother Rob Ford who died in March 2016 at the age of 46 after being diagnosed with pleomorphic liposarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of soft-tissue cancer.
A poll conducted in June showed that Tory would beat Ford if the two squared off in a rematch of the 2014 mayoral election.
Doug Ford has spent one term as city councillor for Ward 2 – Etobicoke North and unsuccessfully ran against Tory in 2014 for mayor of Toronto. He entered the mayoral race after his brother had to withdraw amid his battle with cancer.
The next municipal election in Toronto is scheduled for Oct. 22, 2018.