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John Tory elected Toronto's next mayor

QMI Agency

Toronto voters took the Ford brothers for a ride Monday night, parking mayoral hopeful Doug at the curb and giving his controversial brother Rob a spot in the council parking lot.

Doug Ford, who lost to John Tory, was unable to takeover the mayoral reins from his cancer-stricken brother Rob, who easily won a council seat to represent his west-end ward after bowing out of the mayor's race due to his illness.

Brother Doug stepped up to take over for Rob in the mayor’s race, but with a much shorter campaign and a disappointing result.

Voter turnout was a stunning 61% of eligible voters.

Doug Ford wouldn't comment on a possible future run in Toronto politics, but Rob told QMI Agency’s Joe Warmington that he will be running for mayor again in 2018.

"I will be running for mayor in four years," Mayor Rob Ford said in an interview Monday. "I will be the first person to sign up in 2018."

Top contender Tory defeated Doug Ford in a tighter-than-expected race for the top spot, with Olivia Chow, wife of former federal NDP leader Jack Layton, coming in third in the 10-month campaign.

Tory had been in the running since February when he signed up to run, ending months of speculation that he was eyeing the mayor's chair.

The former Progressive Conservative leader's win comes 11 years after he lost the mayor's race to David Miller.

Gracious in defeat, Doug Ford congratulated Tory "on a job well done."

" I know this is not the result that we wanted tonight," he told supporters. "But I know we have the satisfaction of knowing we ran a phenomenal campaign."

Tory told cheering supporters in his victory speech, “what a great night this is for our city.

"My goal in the next four years, together with council, is to unite this city as one Toronto and to build a great city," he said. "A Toronto that is known once more as a beacon of respect for everyone. “

Tory will officially take office Dec. 1

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Here are some other Ontario municipalities voting in new mayors:

  • Mississauga’s new new mayor is Bonnie Crombie, 54, who is taking over from Hazel McCallion, 93, who held the post for 36 years. Crombie topped Steve Mahoney, 67, a former Mississauga city councillor, MPP and MPP by a substantial margin.
  • Matt Brown will be the new mayor of London, replacing disgraced former mayor Joe Fontana who resigned in the summer after being convicted of fraud.
  •  In Guelph, incumbent Mayor Karen Farbridge lost to Cam Guthrie, the Ward 4 councillor in the last term.
  • Brampton voters turfed incumbent Mayor Susan Fennell, opting for former Liberal MPP Linda Jeffrey.
  • Cornwall voters overwhelmingly chose Leslie O'Shaughnessy's promise of change at city hall, electing him the city's new mayor. O'Shaughnessy won the top job with nearly 1,000 more votes than two-term incumbent Bob Kilger.
  • Timmins elected its youngest mayor ever, Steve Black, 32, who takes over from outgoing mayor Tom Laughren.
  • Trevor Birtch came out on top as the new mayor of Woodstock. Birtch came away with slightly over 40% of the vote, leaving former mayor Pat Sobeski trailing with 33.79%.
  • John Maloney has taken over Port Colborne's helm.  In a three-way race, Maloney claimed victory over local businessmen Fred Davies and Mike Sloat to become the lakeside city's new mayor.
  • Elliot Lake's new mayor is Dan Marchisella, who defeated Mayor Rick Hamilton and Al Collett, the deputy mayor.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake voters took change over experience and elected local businessman Pat Darte as their next mayor. He beat incumbent Dave Eke.
  • Sault Ste. Marie elected a new mayor with Christian Provenzano defeating incumbent Mayor Debbie Amaroso.
  • The people of Deep River overwhelmingly elected Joan Lougheed mayor over incumbent David Thompson.
  • Owen Sound voters opted for change by electing a new mayor, first term Coun. Ian Boddy, who defeated former two-term mayor Ruth Lovell Stanners and incumbent Mayor Deb Haswell.
  • Norfolk’s two-term mayor, Dennis Travale, was defeated by 34-year council veteran Charlie Luke.
  • Brian Bigger, Sudbury’s former auditor general, won the mayoral race.
  • Anne Eadie is Kincardine's new mayor.
  • Walter Sendzik is the mayor-elect of St. Catharines, taking over for outgoing Mayor Brian McMullan.
  • Robert Buckle will be the new mayor of South Bruce. Incumbent Mayor Bill Goetz had stepped down.
  • Current deputy mayor Paul McQueen now has the top job in Grey Highlands.
  • Robert Quaiff will lead Prince Edward County for the next four years,  replacing retiring Mayor Peter Mertens.

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