10/20/2014 03:46 EDT | Updated 12/20/2014 05:59 EST

Toronto election: 1 week to go before voters select new mayor

Seven days from now, the citizens of Toronto will learn who their new mayor will be.

The city's long mayoral campaign began in early January, when Rob Ford signed up to launch his bid for-re-election.

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Dozens of others would join the mayoral race in the months that followed, including high-profile contenders Olivia Chow and John Tory.

Just a week from the end of the race, Chow and Tory remain in the campaign, but it is a different Ford competing with them for the top job at city hall.

Ford withdrew from the municipal campaign last month, after doctors found a tumour in his abdomen.

His brother Doug Ford took his place in the mayoral race, taking part in debates and making the rounds on the campaign trail.

Chow and Tory have confirmed their participation in a debate on Monday evening, being held at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Ford is also expected to attend.

'Newspapers don't vote'

Tory was endorsed by two local newspapers over the weekend, though Chow and Ford downplayed the significance.

"It's not who you know, it’s what you stand for and what you can do for people," Chow said.

Ford, who has been publicly skeptical of personal endorsements offered to his opponents during the campaign, pointed out the obvious.

"Newspapers don't vote, people do," he said.

Meanwhile, Rob Ford is running for a council seat in Ward 2 and he is still making headlines in the final days before the election. He was asked to leave an advance voting station in Ward 17 over the weekend, after reportedly driving a senior there to vote.

More than 161,000 voters took the opportunity to cast a ballot early, representing about 1 in 10 of the estimated 1.6 million eligible electors in the Toronto election.

On Oct. 27, all remaining voters will be able to cast a ballot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. at their local polling station.