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Mayor Rob Ford registers for 2014 municipal election

Mayor Rob Ford, with brother Doug Ford beside him, registers for the 2014 mayoral election on Jan. 2, 2014. TWITTER/@tomayorford.

Mayor Rob Ford put his name on the ballot for the 2014 municipal election the moment registration opened Thursday.

He was first in line at city hall at 8:30 a.m. His brother, Coun. Doug Ford, will be his campaign manager.

Doug Ford will not be running for council in 2014 but said he may run in a provincial election.

Coun. Karen Stintz and former councillor David Soknacki have also said they plan to run, but may register later in the campaign.

There are also rumours NDP MP Olivia Chow, former Ontario PC leader John Tory and Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong may be adding their names to the ballot at a later date.

Nominations, which must be made with the city clerk, close on Sept. 12. The election will be held on Oct. 27. The term of office is from Dec. 1, 2014 to Nov 30, 2018.

Click here to find who’s running in your ward.

Registration is also open for city councillors and school board trustees.

After their declaration is approved, candidates are able to raise and spend money for their campaigns.

Ford agenda resonates despite scandals

A poll released last month indicated that despite a year of scandals and apologies, 39 per cent of Torontonians would consider voting for Ford again.

The Ipsos-Reid poll also found that his agenda — a promise to end the gravy train and reduce spending — still resonates among 62 per cent of voters.

Ford was stripped of much of his powers on Nov. 15. He can no longer remove the deputy mayor or take councillors off committees, including members of the executive committee. Ford has also been stripped of his emergency powers. Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will assume responsibility in the face of an emergency.

The city council vote to remove some of Ford’s powers came after he admitted to buying illegal drugs while in office, then sparked outrage by making a crude sexual comment on live television. He also admitted to and apologized for smoking crack cocaine, saying he did it in one of his “drunken stupors.”

He has steadfastly refused to take a leave or resign since reports surfaced in May of a video that appeared to show him smoking crack cocaine.

Police said they had recovered the video but have refused to release it.

With files from The Canadian Press