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Toronto Mayor Election: Brother Loses, but Rob Ford Wins a Seat

By    |   Tuesday, 28 Oct 2014 06:21 AM

Rob Ford, the scandal-plagued Toronto mayor who dropped out of running for re-election to seek treatment for cancer, won his old seat on city council on Monday while John Tory defeated Ford's brother Doug for mayor.

Doug Ford, who had held the Ward 2 seat once held by Rob Ford for 10 years, decided to run for mayor when Rob Ford withdrew in September in seek treatment for malignant liposarcoma, according to the Toronto Star.

The ward in Etobicoke North, has been represented by a member of the Ford family since 2000, noted the newspaper. CBC News reported that Ford earned 58.9 percent of the vote, easily outdistancing two other opponents on the ballot.

"Folks, I'm going to go down there, (but) I've got to take care of my health first and foremost," Ford said Monday after the election, according to CBC News. "But, I can assure you, I'll be taking care of my health and I’ll be taking care of the people in Etobicoke North and I'll continue to take care of every taxpayer in this city, like I always have."

Incumbent city councilman Mike Layton told CBC News he hopes to see Ford back healthy even though he has not always been on the same side of the issues with him.

"I wish him well, a speedy recovery, and I hope to see him on the floor of council soon," Layton said, according to the network.

As of 11 p.m. Monday, CBC News reported that Tory won 40.3 percent of the vote in the mayoral election, or 394,900 votes, while Doug Ford gathered 330,600 votes and Olivia Chow 227,000 votes.

"Together, like never before, we now begin building Toronto the great," Tory told supporters Monday, in becoming the city's 65th mayor. "We are going to build a strong, inclusive city of opportunity from Etobicoke to Scarborough and from North York right to the waterfront."

Rob Ford gained international notoriety last year when the Toronto Star and the U.S. website Gawker reported the existence of a video apparently showing the mayor inhaling from a crack pipe. He eventually admitted to using crack after months of denials and entered rehab for two months before returning to work and campaigning for re-election in June.

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Rob Ford, the scandal-plagued Toronto mayor who dropped out of running for re-election to seek treatment for cancer, won his old seat on city council on Monday while John Tory defeated Ford's brother Doug for mayor.
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