A Ford is running for Toronto city council – and his name isn’t Rob or Doug.

Michael, the son of the mayor’s sister, Kathy, registered his candidacy on Friday, city records show.

Michael Ford, the college-aged nephew of the embattled mayor, is running to replace Doug Ford as the councillor for Etobicoke’s Ward 2.


Ward 2 Councillor Doug Ford announced earlier this year that he is not running to keep his seat in October's municipal election. (YouTube)

Doug Ford announced in January that he wouldn’t be running in October’s municipal election, choosing instead to focus on brother Rob’s re-election campaign.

The Ward 2 councillor’s decision raised speculation that another member of the family would vie for the seat.

Rob was the first Ford to represent Ward 2 on Toronto city council. He was first elected in 2000 and went on to serve three terms in the post, until he won the mayoralty in October 2010. 

Last October, on the The City, the now-defunct radio talk show on CFRB 1010, Rob and Doug announced that their nephew “Mikey” was eager to enter politics. 

The younger Ford is the 11th candidate who has registered to run in the northwest Toronto ward. 

Michael’s Facebook account says he graduated from Etobicoke’s Richview Collegiate high school in 2010 and has worked as a camp counsellor at Camp Kandalore in Haliburton and as an account executive at Deco Labels and Tags, the Fords’ family business.