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Doug Ford speaks to reporters in Toronto, on Nov. 21, 2014.Mark Blinch/The Globe and Mail

Former Toronto city councillor Doug Ford says he will be running for mayor in the 2018 municipal election.

Ford made the announcement Friday night during his family's annual Ford Fest barbecue in Toronto, saying he is entering the next election to continue his late brother's legacy.

His last run for the position came in September 2014 when Rob Ford withdrew from the election after he was diagnosed with a tumour in his abdomen.

The former Toronto mayor – who earned international headlines in light of his admitted crack cocaine use, alcohol abuse and lewd comments – died almost two years later.

Doug lost the 2014 election to Toronto's current mayor, John Tory.

In his announcement Friday, Doug says is No. 1 job as mayor would be to save Toronto taxpayers money.

A genetic-based test developed by Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital is helping doctors tailor therapies for kids with cancer. One such treatment has kept the tumour in Mississauga 12-year-old Julia Van Damme’s brain from growing.

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