As promised I said I would keep an eye on District 6 newly elected Councilman - Edmund Ford, Jr. To me a district with one of the highest poverty rates in the State of Tennessee deserves representation of the highest caliber. In the beginning I felt Mr. Ford was a bit green for the position, but I respected his tenacity. When the good citizens of District 6 elected him over me to represent them in City Council I was one of the first to offer him a sincere congratulation.
One of the strongest qualities I admired in former Councilman Edmund Ford, Sr. was his willingness, no his pleasure, in getting out among his constituents. He listened, engaged and supported community residents. During the past year I have seen the same willingness from his son. Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr. has stepped out on critical issues such as the funding of the Memphis City Schools and housing for the poor. Being part of a family that has had moments of great success and great failure Mr. Ford must continue to work to carve out his own path. As before, I continue to wish him much success.