Forty-five candidates are vying to fill a city council seat vacated by former deputy mayor Doug Holyday.

Former Liberal MP John Nunziata, whose sister Frances is a city councillor, and Const. Tony Vella, known to the public as a spokesman for Toronto police, are among the contenders who filed their paperwork before Thursday’s noon deadline.

Holyday has publicly endorsed long-time Etobicoke resident Peter Leon for the Ward 3 (Etobicoke Centre) seat.

Holyday vacated the position after winning a provincial byelection for the Tories in the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore in August.

Council voted to fill the seat by appointment instead of a municipal byelection.

Now that the registration deadline has passed, the Etobicoke York community council will hear from the candidates at a meeting Oct. 3 and recommend a contender to city council.

City council will get its say at a special meeting Oct. 10, where members will hold a final vote after hearing from the candidates.

Whoever is chosen to fill the seat will serve until the current four-year term expires in November 2014.

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