Former state Sen. John Ford thinks about seeking office again

Former state senator John Ford, who served four years and four months in federal prison for taking bribes, said Friday he has been “looking around” at races for Memphis city offices and “might” run for one of them, according to the Commercial Appeal.

“We need someone who really knows how to get things done,” said Ford, who was one of the most prominent Democrats in the state before he and 12 other officials were charged in the FBI’s Tennessee Waltz bribery sting in April 2007.

But even if Ford would like to run, the state attorney general’s office would have to weigh in on whether the law allows his candidacy. In July 2007, less than a month after he was convicted, a law went into effect that bans officials who committed a felony while in public office from ever holding public office in the state again.

Ford, who was convicted of taking $55,000 in cash from an undercover agent for help passing legislation, was at City Hall on Thursday to hear his nephew, council member Edmund Ford Jr., make an announcement about a partnership that will let Shelby County Schools seniors download the scholarship-finding smart phone application Scholly for free.

Ford said the city’s current leadership has fallen down on the job, although there “might be an exception or two here and there,” and seemed to indicate that he could see himself on the City Council.

“I think all of them are good open seats,” he said of the council races.