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article imageRob Ford withdraws from Toronto's race for mayor

By KJ Mullins     Sep 12, 2014 in Politics
Toronto - At the last minute Friday Mayor Rob Ford's director of communications Jeff Silverstein put in the paperwork for resignation at Toronto's City Hall. Ford's brother Doug name has been added to the list of mayoral candidates.
At the same time Ford's nephew Michael Ford's name was withdrawn from running as City Councillor for Ward 2.
By 2 p.m. ET, Doug Ford filed paperwork to be a mayoral candidate and Rob Ford was registered to run in Ward 2 for City Councillor. Michael Ford's withdraw from the race allows for Rob Ford not to be splitting votes in Ward 2 on October 27.
On Wednesday Rob Ford was admitted to hospital because of an abdominal tumour. A biopsy was performed on Thursday at Mount Sinai Hospital where he has been transferred but the results of the test may not be known for a week. Ford is said to be resting comfortably and receiving pain medicine.
According to CP24 that one reason for Doug Ford running for mayor is to beat John Tory, whom the Ford family has had an ongoing feud with. Doug Ford had said during the summer that he was getting away from politics to go back working for the family business.
Giorgio Mammoliti said after the news that he was excited that Doug Ford is running and that he is endorsing Ford. He said that he hoped that Rob Ford gets better quickly. "We're hearing that the support is there for him (Rob Ford) in Ward 2."
Rob Ford's mayoral campaign website is still running and there are no announcements about the recent activity on it.
A statement from Ford released thanked well wishers and the staff of the hospitals. He said that his heart is heavy to have to quit running for mayor but can not do so because of his health.
I’ve asked Doug to finish what we started together, so that all we’ve accomplished isn’t washed away.
I have asked Doug to run to become the next Mayor of Toronto, because we need him. We cannot go backwards.
I love our city and I love being your Mayor. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve you.
For the past four years I have gotten up everyday thinking about our great city and how to make life just a little bit better for each of you.
To anyone facing a serious health challenge, I wish you strength and courage on your journey, you are not alone.
Hope is a powerful thing. With hope, support and determination I know I will beat this, not just for my family, but for YOU, Toronto.
My family and I thank you for your continued support and prayers. God bless.
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