Rob Ford Withdraws; Brother to Replace Him Rob Ford to run for city council seat in Toronto instead By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Sep 12, 2014 12:45 PM CDT 15 comments Comments Mayor Rob Ford, left, listens to his brother and campaign manager Doug Ford, during a commercial break at a debate in March. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Nathan Denette) (Newser) – Toronto won't have Rob Ford to kick around anymore, at least as mayor, but it might get him as a city councillor instead—and brother Doug as mayor. Today's filing deadline was a busy one for the Ford family: Rob withdrew his name from the mayor's race, days after disclosing he had an abdominal tumor, reports the Toronto Sun. Then Doug, currently a city councillor, registered to run in the mayor's race in his brother's place, reports the Globe and Mail. And finally, their nephew, Mike Ford, withdrew his name from the race for a council seat, clearing the way for Uncle Rob to run for that one in his place. It's the Ward 2 seat Rob held before becoming mayor and the one currently held by, yes, Doug. In the mayoral race, Doug Ford will now face John Tory and Olivia Chow.