Field for Ford's seat begins to get crowded - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Field for Ford's seat begins to get crowded

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Potential candidates are already getting in queue for the congressional seat held by Harold Ford Jr. Election officials say hopefuls can't even pick up qualifying petition forms for the August primary until Friday.

Ford is giving up the Ninth Congressional District seat to run for the seat being vacated by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. There could be national attention on the congressional race.

The Commercial Appeal of Memphis reports actor Morgan Freeman is heading up a host committee for airline attorney Nikki Tinker and the fundraiser kickoff if tomorrow night at Isaac Hayes' restaurant. Tinker was Ford's campaign manager.

The New York Post recently reported Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton aide staffer Tyson Pratcher is expected to seek the seat. Pratcher is a former White Station High School quarterback and holds a law degree from Columbia University.

Also in the Democratic race for the seat are FedEx attorney Edward Stanton the Third, City Center chairman Ron Redwing, assistant Memphis law school professor Lee Harris, Baptist pastor Ralph White and contractor Laura Davis.

The only announced Republican is John Farmer, a security guard who is trained as an engineer.

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