Former mayor Jack Ford seeking City Council seatWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
Former mayor Jack Ford confirmed that he is seeking a soon-to-be vacant seat on Toledo City Council.
Phil Copeland, an at-large councilman, was elected as Lucas County recorder Nov. 6. Council is expected to vote on his replacement before he assumes his new office in January. An election for the position is set to occur later in 2013.
“I had talked with Joe McNamara (council president) and some of the other council members about my interest in that and if they thought I could help the council I’d be willing to serve and I think they’re considering it,” Ford said.
Ford served as mayor from 2002-06 and also in the Ohio House of Representatives from 1995-2001. He said these experiences, combined with his experiences teaching and in the nonprofit sector qualify him to be on council.
After leaving the mayor’s office, Ford taught at Bowling Green State University before getting sick and taking time off to recover.
“I’ve recovered in a pretty strong fashion and I’m just ready to do some things in the community again,” he said.
Ford said he has heard that other people are also interested in the Council spot and that if he is not appointed, he plans to run for the position in the election.
Ford also said that fellow former mayor Carty Finkbeiner is supporting his run.
“We talked and he said he would like to see that happen. We’ll wait and see how that goes,” Ford said.