Ford Files for General Sessions Court Clerk

Former Tennessee lawmaker John Ford filed a petition to run for Shelby County General Sessions Court clerk this week, Local Memphis reports, but it may be difficult for him to get on the ballot. Ford previously served as clerk from 1992 through 1996, and as a state senator for more than 30 years before becoming ensnared in the Operation Tennessee Waltz scandal. He was convicted of taking more than $55,000 in bribes and spent five years behind bars. Though Ford’s citizenship rights have been restored, an order by a circuit court judge bars him from seeking political office. In addition, Tennessee's coordinator of elections said today that Ford is ineligible to seek or hold elected public office in Tennessee.

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