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Mayor Ford’s nephew to run for Toronto city council

Mayor Rob Ford’s nephew is running for Toronto city council.

Michael Ford, who is in his early 20s and is the son of the mayor’s sister Kathy, filed his nomination papers with the city on Friday to run as a councillor in Ward 2 Etobicoke North, according to the City of Toronto’s website.

The seat is currently held by the mayor’s brother, Coun. Doug Ford, who said in February he wouldn’t seek re-election.

Michael Ford’s Facebook page — which features a campaign-ready photo of him in suit and tie — says he graduated high school in 2010, works for the family’s sign company and is currently finishing college.

The Ward 2 seat, in the heart of so-called Ford Nation, was held by Rob Ford for 10 years until he ran for mayor and was succeeded by Doug.

Doug Ford, who wasn’t immediately available for comment, said last winter he’d focus on running his brother’s mayoral election campaign.

There are currently 10 other candidates vying to be Ward 2 councillor, including Andray Domise, a Jamaican Canadian generating a lot of media attention for speaking up against the mayor.

There’s just over three months to go before voters go to the polls on Oct. 27.

With files from The Canadian Press