10/01/2013 08:32 EDT | Updated 12/01/2013 05:12 EST

Candidates make pitch for vacant Ward 3 seat

A total of 45 candidates vying to replace Doug Holyday as the city councillor for Ward 3 will make their pitch to Etobicoke York community council today.

The seat was vacated when Holyday won a Queen’s Park seat in a summer byelection.

The community council will recommend a candidate for city council to approve at its Oct. 10 meeting, though their recommendation is not binding.

The winning candidate will hold the job for a little more than 12 months before the Oct. 27, 2014 municipal election.

Former MP and councillor John Nunziata, businessman Peter Leon, former Ontario cabinet minister Chris Stockwell and police officer Tony Vella are among the candidates seeking the nomination.

Mayor Rob Ford wanted to hold a byelection to fill the seat but council opted instead to follow the appointment process to save the $200,000 cost.

A city councillor’s salary is a little over $104,000.

The community council meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at Etobicoke Civic Centre.