Doug Ford Won't Run For Vacant Toronto City Council Seat

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TORONTO — Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford, brother of the controversial late mayor Rob Ford, says he will not be running for a vacant seat in Toronto's city council.

Ford hinted that he might run for the council seat previously held by Raymond Cho in a late-night media release, saying he would be at city hall for "the registration for the Ward 42 byelection."

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Doug Ford speaks at a news conference in Toronto on Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo: Christopher Katsarov/CP)

Registration for the seat has been open since Nov. 10.

But he told the Toronto TV station CP24 on Friday that he was just going to support another candidate's registration.

Ford held a west Toronto council seat until 2014, when he unsuccessfully ran for mayor after his brother dropped out following a cancer diagnosis.

He was one of his brother's closest advisers during the the younger Ford's scandal-plagued term as Toronto's mayor.

In September, Doug Ford said he'd be running for political office again "within about a year."

He suggested he may run for council, provincial office or even to be leader of the federal Conservative Party.

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