July 26, 2016 / 2:17 AM / 4 years ago

Nephew wins late Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's council seat

TORONTO (Reuters) - The nephew of Rob Ford, the late Toronto mayor who won notoriety for admitting to smoking crack cocaine while in office, has won his uncle’s old seat on the city council.

Michael Ford, a former school board trustee, won a special election on Monday night in the west Toronto electoral ward his uncle represented after his mayoral term ended in 2014. The council seat had been vacant since Rob Ford died in March of cancer at age 46.

Michael Ford, the son of Rob Ford’s sister, won with almost 70 percent of the votes, beating 11 other candidates.

The ward has been in the Ford family since 2000. Rob Ford represented it until 2010, when he became mayor. His brother Doug Ford then took the seat.

Rob Ford dropped his mayoral bid for re-election in 2014 after he was diagnosed with an aggressive and rare form of cancer. Doug Ford ran in his place but lost to the current mayor, John Tory.

During his tumultuous tenure as mayor of Canada’s most populous city, Rob Ford admitted to using and buying illegal drugs and driving after drinking alcohol.

Reporting by Ethan Lou in Toronto; Editing by Peter Cooney

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