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Patrick Brown, disqualified in his bid to win the leadership of the federal Conservatives, says he will seek a second term as mayor of Brampton.

Mr. Brown made the announcement on Monday in the Toronto-area community of about 660,000 people where he has been mayor since 2018 after a run in politics that included stints as a Conservative MP, and leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives.

“My entire focus in the years ahead is going to be making sure that we have Brampton in a strong position, that we continue to make sure our city gets its fair share, that we’re able to get good-paying jobs in our community,” he told a news conference.

The municipal election is scheduled to be held on Oct. 24 and the deadline for registering as a candidate is Aug. 19.

Lawyers for Mr. Brown are attempting to appeal his disqualification as a Conservative leadership candidate over campaign financial irregularities.

Mr. Brown said Monday that the case against him was “manufactured” by the party, and his legal team is working to clarify the situation. “We’re still pursuing our legal options to make sure what was done was exposed,” he said.

Mr. Brown, whose campaign has said it signed up about 150,000 Conservative supporters for the leadership race, has previously endorsed Jean Charest as leader, but said Monday that his supporters could consider another candidate who shares Mr. Brown’s “inclusive values,” namely Ontario MP Scott Aitchison.

Elsewhere, a Liberal MP entered a mayoralty race in British Columbia.

Sukh Dhaliwal is seeking to become the mayor of Surrey, the second most populous city in the province. He is leading a slate of candidates for council under the new United Surrey banner.

There is no federal legislation prohibiting or disqualifying a MP from being a candidate in a municipal election

Mr. Dhaliwal, the MP for Newton-North Delta from 2006 to 2011 and then MP for Surrey-Newton since 2015, is entering a crowded field.

Current Mayor Doug McCallum is seeking his fifth term as mayor. Also former NDP MP Jinny Sims, who beat Mr. Dhaliwal for his seat in 2011, and was defeated by Mr. Dhaliwal in 2015, is also seeking the mayor’s office. Current city councilor Brenda Locke is also running for the job.

With a file from The Canadian Press.

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