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Ford family reacts to voided election

A day after the state senate voted to void Ophelia Ford's election, brother Joe Ford criticized the Senate's vote.

"They didn't wait until the full investigation was finished," he said.

Joe Ford maintains there is no proof connecting his sister to so call "dead voter" charges.

"Ophelia probably is hurt," he said. "I mean, she was elected by the people of this District 29, regardless of what the news media, regardless of what her opponent, is saying, she won the election."

Ophelia's brother Harold Ford Senior agrees. He told Action News 5 by phone Wednesday he feels Ophelia is being unfairly penalized. The retired congressman said his sister plans to pursue the courts for relief in this matter.

"We depend on the courts to protect us," he said, "and that's in any situation."

Joe Ford is a county commissioner, and if the senate upholds its vote on the Ford case Thursday, it's the county commission that will have to pick an interim replacement for the District 29 seat. Ford said as her brother, he supports his sister's right to pursue the interim position, but he does not plan to use his commission status to nominate her.

"I just wouldn't get involved in it," he said. "I don't think it would be the proper thing to do. It may send a bad signal, and I'll probably try to stay out of it as much as possible."

Ford said his sister is prepared to run again if she has to.

He predicted that if she does, she will win.

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