District 7 runoff candidates vying for votes

(WMC-TV) - District 7 is a tie-breaking seat on the Memphis City Council, with two candidates vying for the spot in next week's run-off election.

In the running are University of Memphis law professor and Yale graduate Lee Harris, and thespian Kemba Ford, the daughter of former state senator John Ford.

"I am John Ford's daughter," Ford said Monday. I am a member of the political Ford family. I am proud of it, but I am running as Kemba Ford. I am running as a young woman who sees that there is a need in this community.

Harris described why he wants the seat.

"I'm born and raised in Memphis. I've been here my whole life. I'm a product of pubic schools. I'm married, my wife and I have two children...We've been part of District 7 for the last eight years. We're raising our family here and we don't intend to go anywhere," he said.

District 7 covers North Memphis, Frayser, Uptown and Mud Island. Ford says having her campaign headquarters in AFSCME speaks volumes to her approach to politics.

"Very connected to the life, the death and the work of Martin Luther King, Junior. He came here in the sixties to walk with the Sanitation Department, the I Am a Man movement. That is one of the issues that's definitely going to be facing the City Council: the privatization of the sanitation department," she said.

Harris said his deeds speak to his approach to politics.

"I want them to think of me as a person who has served in the community for a number of years, whether it's Big Brothers, Big Sisters, or it's volunteering at Northaven Elementary. All of the things that I've done over the years, this is the natural next step to make a difference in Memphis," he said.

The runoff election is scheduled for next Thursday in Memphis.

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