Who is the next Ford family member to enter Toronto politics?

Matthew Coutts
Daily Brew
Toronto city councillor Doug Ford was dismissive Friday of the libel notice brought against Mayor Rob Ford by Toronto Star reporter Daniel Dale. Councillor Ford says the action is a ploy to help the Star's business.

Place your bets, folks. It appears another member of the Ford family could be set to launch a political career. But which Ford will it be? No one knows for sure.

For the past three years, there have been two controversial members of the would-be political dynasty on city council – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and the slightly-less-controversial Coun. Doug Ford.

Rob made his run for re-election official last week, while Doug has announced that he will not run for municipal re-election, clearing the way for a possible provincial bid.

During an interview with Newstalk 1010's Jerry Agar, Doug suggested another of the Ford brood would run in his stead.

Doug Ford has represented Ward 2 – Etobicoke North since 2010. The riding had previously been held by Rob Ford during his decade-long stint as councillor. Their father, Doug Sr., represented the region provincially for one term in the late 1990s.

So who is the next Ford to join the Ford political dynasty? Doug wouldn't confirm the name, but there are a few possibilities, ranked from most to least likely.

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Michael Ford

Rob and Doug's young nephew, the son of Kathy, is in his late teens or early-20s. According to the Toronto Star, he is listed on Facebook as an account executive at the family company, Deco Labels and Tags and set to graduate from Humber College in 2016. Doug has previously hinted that "Mikey" would run in the next election.
Odds: 2 to 1

Karla Ford

Canada.com's Marc Weisblott speculates that Doug could be refering to his wife, Karla. Karla chronicles her life, with a focus on health and fitness, on Instagram, so at least we know she's not afraid of the spotlight. Not much else is known about Karla, although Doug has not ruled her out by name.
Odds: 6 to 1

Krista Ford

Doug's daughter would seem to be the most likely candidate to come from the Ford clan. She expanded her personal brand while playing for the Toronto Triumph in the Lingerie Football League, and courted controversy when she said women would be safer if they carried mace and didn't "dress like a whore."

She also appeared as a judge on the shortly-lived MTV show Creeps, in which contestants had their social media profiles judged to determine if they were cool. But Doug appears adamant it is not her. “I can assure you that it’s not Krista at all,” he said. “She would make a great councillor because she has more common sense than 80 per cent of the councillors down here.”
Odds: 20 to 1

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Randy Ford

The behind-the-scenes Ford brother isn't about to join the family business, according to Doug. "Randy doesn't like politics," he told Newstalk 1010. A Globe and Mail investigation into Doug's alleged history selling hashish in the 1980s linked Randy to the business. He has been seen at family events but otherwise remains out of the political spotlight.
Odds: 40 to 1

Dianne Ford

Consider her the Barbara Bush of the Ford clan. The wife of a former politician and mother to two others, one would suspect politicking runs in her blood. As seen in this CP24 interview, she is familiar with all the Fordisms and talking points, and is dedicated to public service -- at the height of Rob’s crack scandal, she said she would prefer he stay at work rather than seek treatment. So is Dianne coming to city hall? Apparently, no.

"If mom came down here, she'd clean out half these guys in a couple of days and get things moving a lot quicker than they are doing. But no," Doug said.
Odds: 100 to 1

Renata Ford

The last time the notoriously private wife of Rob Ford appeared in public, it was to stand next to her husband while he apologized for making vulgar comments about performing oral sex. One would suspect she is not smitten with the idea of spending her life at city hall.
Odds: 1000 to 1