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Ford poised to begin mayoral run

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A former Memphis City Council member says he is leaning heavily towards jumping into the race to replace Memphis Mayor Willie Herenton.

Since retiring from the Memphis City Council two years ago, Edmund Ford, Senior has kept his finger on the pulse of Memphis politics.

"I still get just as many calls, you know, and I call my son and we try to get things done," he said in an interview Friday.

Just one week after Mayor Herenton announced his resignation, Ford feels city government is already heading down the wrong road.

"My concerns are the reason right now I maybe plan on putting my name in as mayor," Ford said.

Those concerns center around the man who would become interim mayor, City Council Chairman Myron Lowery.  Ford said he is concerned Lowery will make changes without the proper amount of public input. 

"That's why I'm concerned about these next 90 days," he said. "You don't want something to happen, then say it's done, over, but we didn't know about it."

Ford was hoping Herenton would stay in office until at least the end of the year.  

"Don't leave the city in really, kind of a turmoil," he said. "That's the reason I'm thinking about running for mayor. It's needed."

If he runs, Ford is prepared to be criticized for the bribery charges that led him into federal court, where he was aquitted last year. 

"I know if I run, you know, people are going say, 'Two years ago, he went through this, he went through that.' People go through things," he said.

Ford believes with the right team around him, he could handle the city's finances and move Memphis forward.  But, Ford said, he wants to talk to all of the other mayoral candidates before making his run for mayor official. 

Ford said the man he would most like to be mayor doesn't want the job: Community Development Director Robert Lipscomb.

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