Coun. Doug Ford, 49, filed nomination papers on Friday to enter Toronto’s mayoral race. His ailing brother, Rob Ford, dropped out of the race and will run for council in Ward 2, Etobicoke North.
Doug Ford, the son of late Conservative MPP Doug Ford Sr., is married to Karla Ford, and has four daughters: Krista, 20, Kayla, 18, Kara, 16, and Kyla, 15.
Doug was the president of Deco Labels & Tags, a company with offices in Toronto, Chicago and New Jersey. He opened the company’s first U.S. division in Chicago in 1999.
He was first elected to city council in 2010 for Ward 2 Etobicoke North, the riding Rob Ford held for 10 years before becoming mayor.
Below are some key moments and controversies in the political career of Doug Ford.
Sept. 12, 2014: Doug Ford enters the mayoral race in Toronto.
Sept. 10, 2014: A visibly distraught Ford holds a news conference along with the Humber River Hospital CEO Dr. Rueben Devlin to provide an update on his brother’s condition. Ahead of the update, a news release is sent out announcing that Rob Ford has been diagnosed with a tumour in his abdomen. Doug Ford says his brother is in “good spirits.”
Aug. 28, 2014: Ford attends his last council meeting as councillor.
Aug. 14, 2014: Ford issues a written apology to Toronto police Chief Bill Blair after accusing him of leaking information about a police investigation involving the mayor. Blair accepts the apology and drops the defamation suit.
Aug. 1, 2014: Ford publicly accuses Blair of leaking information about an investigation involving the mayor.
July 4, 2014: Ford apologizes for using the word “jihadist” when referring to CityNews journalist Cynthia Mulligan and another journalist.
May 17, 2014: Ford expresses his desire to relocate the Griffin Centre, a group home for developmentally disabled youth, away from his ward.
Feb. 20, 2014: Ford announces he won’t be running in the Ontario election and that he won’t be seeking re-election as a city councillor.
Feb. 6, 2014: Ford defends his brother’s decision not to attend the Pride Parade, saying he did not want to see “buck-naked” men.
Nov. 5, 2013: Ford says police Chief Blair should step aside over what he says is a conflict of interest. He also says that he and his brother have been “uninvited” from an upcoming police gala.
May 25, 2013: Ford denies a report in The Globe and Mail that accuses him of being a hash dealer in the 1980s. He says it is “100 per cent false.”
May 22, 2013: Ford says drug allegations against his brother are “untrue.” Speaking at city hall, he says, “Rob is telling me these stories are untrue, that these accusations are ridiculous, and I believe him.”
Jan. 16, 2012: Doug and Rob Ford kick off a public weight-loss campaign.
July 26, 2011: Ford says there are more libraries than Tim Hortons in his North Etobicoke ward.
July 4, 2011: Ford defends his decision to skip the annual Pride Parade in Toronto and instead go up north with Rob Ford and their families.
Feb, 10, 2011: Ford tells an Ontario Coalition Against Poverty protester to “get a job,” after being confronted during an anti-poverty demonstration at city hall.
Oct. 25, 2010: Ford is elected as councillor for Ward 2, Etobicoke North, a seat previously held by Rob Ford.
With files from The Canadian Press