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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford files to run again

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford registers as a candidate Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's 2014 municipal election in October. Councillor Doug Ford is at left. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford registers as a candidate Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's 2014 municipal election in October. Councillor Doug Ford is at left. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially shows his passport to a city clerk Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, as he registered as a candidate for the city's 2014 municipal election in October. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially shows his passport to a city clerk Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, as he registered as a candidate for the city's 2014 municipal election in October. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives for a news conference at City Hall in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives for a news conference at City Hall in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

  • FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, left, confers with his brother Councilor Doug Ford in the council chamber at city hall as councilors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

    FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, left, confers with his brother Councilor Doug Ford in the council chamber at city hall as councilors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

  • FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at a news conference to address the media at city hall in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

    FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at a news conference to address the media at city hall in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford registers as a candidate Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's 2014 municipal election in October. Councillor Doug Ford is at left. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)
  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford officially shows his passport to a city clerk Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, as he registered as a candidate for the city's 2014 municipal election in October. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Victor Biro)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford arrives for a news conference at City Hall in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)
  • FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, left, confers with his brother Councilor Doug Ford in the council chamber at city hall as councilors look to pass motions to limit his powers in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)
  • FILE - In this June 20, 2013, file photo, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford speaks at a news conference to address the media at city hall in Toronto. Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term and was the first candidate to show up at City Hall when registration opened Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014, for the city's municipal election Oct. 27. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young, File)

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has put his name on the ballot to run for another term, defying repeated calls for him to step down after admitting he smoked crack “in a drunken stupor.”

Ford was the first candidate to show up at city hall when registration opened yesterday for the city’s municipal election Oct. 27.

He promised “Ford more years,” and also called himself “the best mayor this city has ever had.”

“If you want to get personal, that’s fine,” Ford told reporters during a press scrum. “I’m sticking to my record, and talk is cheap. You’re going to see action like you’ve never seen before.”

He was more restrained on Twitter, tweeting a photo of himself signing up to run again and saying simply, “Just filed my paperwork for the 2014 election. Vote on October 27th.”

The conservative mayor of Canada’s largest city has said he would run again, even after the revelations last year about his drug use pushed him into the international media spotlight.

Ford has faced intense pressure to resign over that and other erratic behavior that has embarrassed many Canadians.

The Toronto city council has stripped Ford of most of his powers, but he continues to receive support from some in the city’s more conservative suburbs. He first won as mayor by promising to “stop the gravy train” of government spending.

Reactions were swift but mixed yesterday after Ford signed up to run again.

Ford admitted his drug use after the Toronto police announced in October they had obtained a copy of a video of him appearing to smoke from a crack pipe. News reports of the video first emerged in May, but Ford at first denied its existence.

Court documents released last month detail the police’s wiretaps of alleged gang members who spoke about delivering drugs to the mayor and having pictures of him using drugs.

The wiretaps are evidence in the case against Ford’s friend Alexander Lisi, who faces trial on drug and extortion charges. The mayor has not been charged.

In the weeks since the revelations, Ford has said he has quit drinking and adopted a healthier lifestyle.

“It’s too early to tell about Ford’s chances,” said University of Toronto political science professor Nelson Wiseman of the upcoming election. “Ford’s more immediate challenge is whether the police charge him before the election. If they do, he’s toast. If they don’t, the outcome depends on the vote split.

“I do not believe Ford will win more than about 25 percent of the vote whoever his opponents are. It is possible, however, to win with under 30 percent, depending on the vote split.”

The Toronto police investigation remains active. “There are still some matters that are being investigated and pursued,” police Chief Bill Blair told the Globe and Mail last week.

They had Mayor Mel, now Ford, but we really can't say any thing. We have O'bummer

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