Toronto’s Mayor Rob Ford, who claimed that he never smoked crack while in office and then later admitted to smoking crack "in a drunken stupor," was the first mayoral candidate to appear at City Hall in Toronto on the morning of Jan. 2 to throw his hat in the ring to become Toronto’s next mayor.
Ford has placed his name on the ballot to run for another term, according to ABC News.
He promised "Ford more years," the Toronto Star reported. He also called himself "the best mayor this city has ever had."
"If you want to get personal, that's fine," Ford told reporters, according to the Star. "I'm sticking to my record, and talk is cheap. You're going to see action like you've never seen before."
Rob Ford made many journalists’ “favorite stories of 2013” lists due to his erratic behavior, crack smoking and alcohol abuse revelations, a criminal investigation into his activities while mayor, and his steadfast refusal to resign as mayor.
Court documents released last month detail police wiretaps of alleged gang members who spoke about delivering drugs to the mayor and having pictures of him using drugs.
The mayor has not been charged.
Rob Ford informed the public last fall that he has "quit drinking and adopted a healthier lifestyle.”
In Nov. 2103, the Toronto City Council stripped Ford of most of his mayoral powers, and budget, reducing him to a mostly a token figurehead as mayor.
Reactions to Ford running for another term are mixed, with some claiming that he’s actually carried out his duties pretty well, while others feel he’s an embarrassment to Toronto and to Canada.
"That pathetic excuse for a mayor should get the hell out and stop embarrassing this beautiful city," said Inna Evtoushenko, 36, a Toronto resident.
Toronto’s municipal elections are scheduled for Oct. 27 with Rob Ford running only slightly as an underdog. Meanwhile, the police investigations into his activities are still active.
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