Toronto Mayor John Tory to seek 3rd term in October election

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Tory announced Friday that he intends to seek re-election this fall when registration opens in May.

“I am running for Mayor for another term because I believe Toronto needs an experienced leader who will continue to work hard with both the federal and provincial governments to ensure Toronto stays on track, and continue to work on making Toronto a more livable and more affordable place to live, to work and build a future,” Tory said in a statement.

He said he made the decision to seek re-election after discussing it with his family and “receiving their blessing and support.”

The announcement brings to a close months of speculation about whether he would run for re-election this fall.

Tory was first elected in 2014 with 40 per cent of the vote, replacing former mayor Rob Ford.

He won his second term with more than 60 per cent of the vote.

Tory says he’s running again because he believes Toronto deserves “an experienced leader” to steer the city out of the pandemic.

“This is about protecting our progress and making sure Toronto comes out of this pandemic stronger than ever. That’s what I’ve done every day as Mayor – including over the last two years confronting COVID-19 – and that’s what I am going to do if I am fortunate enough to be re-elected again in October.”

The municipal election is scheduled for Oct. 24.

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