Sep 12, 2014 1:41 PM
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdraws re-election bid
The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has withdrawn his re-election bid for mayor as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen and his brother has registered to run his in place.
The city clerk's office says Rob Ford will instead seek a seat on the City Council, after a nephew withdrew his candidacy.
Doug Ford, a city councilor who had been the mayor's campaign manager, submitted his registration papers to run for mayor in his brother's place.
The announcement ended a campaign that Rob Ford had pursued despite persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals.
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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford withdrew his re-election bid for mayor Friday as he seeks treatment for a tumor in his abdomen, ending a campaign he had pursued despite persistent calls for him to quit amid drug and alcohol scandals.
Rob Ford will seek a council seat instead while Doug Ford, a city councilor and the mayor's brother, is now running for mayor.
A city hall clerk announced Rob Ford's decision two days after the mayor was hospitalized. Biopsy results on the tumor won't be back for a week and a definitive diagnosis is pending.
The election is scheduled for Oct. 27. Two other major candidates are still in the running.
Rob Ford's nephew also withdrew his nomination for a council seat, and the mayor is not seeking that seat.
Ford became an international celebrity last year after acknowledging using crack cocaine in a "drunken stupor" following months of denials.