TORONTO, Ont. — A judge has ruled that if Mayor Rob Ford loses his appeal and there is a by-election to fill his job, he will now be able to run.

Justice Charles Hackland has agreed to remove the portion of his conflict-of-interest decision that suggested the mayor would not be eligible to run until 2014.

The original ruling said the Ford must vacate his seat, but there should be no further ramifications beyond the current term.

Councillor Shelley Carroll said Friday that, “an election is urgent at this point” without turning the possibly of running if there is an election.

The city needs more than just a part-time mayor according to councillor Adam Vaughan who is “prepared to participate in that election as a voter…perhaps as a candidate”.

The mayor’s legal team will ask for a stay in the case on Dec. 5. If granted the stay, Ford would be able to continue in his mayor’s position during his appeal, which is expected to be heard in early 2013.

The original ruling said the Ford must vacate his seat, but there should be no further ramifications beyond the current term.

If not granted a stay, Ford’s last day in office is expected to be Dec. 10.