Though still awaiting a firm diagnosis on his abdominal tumour, Rob Ford has decided to withdraw his candidacy for mayor.
Rob Ford has officially withdrawn from the mayoral race. On Wednesday, it was revealed that the mayor had been hospitalized because of a tumour in his abdomen. He does not yet have a firm diagnosis, but the mayor’s brother Doug Ford has indicated that the mayor is in the “fight of his life.”
Withdrawal papers for Rob Ford were filed by Jeff Silverstein, Ford’s director of communications, at City Hall this afternoon. Ford’s nephew Michael, who had registered to run for Ward 2—which Rob Ford represented for several terms, and is currently represented by Doug Ford—also filed papers withdrawing his candidacy, opening up the opportunity for Rob to run for his old post as councillor.
Doug Ford, meanwhile, attempted to file the paperwork to run for mayor, but the elections officer rejected it as incomplete. He has until 2 p.m. today to file.
Doug Ford’s paperwork for a mayoral bid has now been filed and accepted by elections officers, as has Rob Ford’s for a council bid in Ward 2.
In other late-breaking news from the last day of council election registrations, incumbent Ron Moeser (Ward 44, Scarborough East), who sat out about a year of council this past term due to illness, has registered to run again. Diana Hall, who ran a close second to him last time, also registered today. Former Liberal MP John Nunziata—brother of councillor Frances (Ward 11, York South-Weston)—has registered to run in the neighbouring Ward 12; the incumbent there is the current budget chief and Rob Ford ally Frank Di Giorgio. Former Tory MPP Chris Stockwell, who served in the cabinets of both Ernie Eves and Mike Harris (and who also sought the appointment to replace Doug Holyday in Ward 3 last year, when Holyday resigned to run provincially) registered to run in Ward 4—an open race, as incumbent Gloria Lindsay-Luby decided not to run again. And mayoral nephew Mike Ford has now registered again, this time to run as the TDSB trustee in Ward 1.