Ford name can’t save Ophelia

Ford Harris

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Ophelia Ford has lost the seat she’s held since 2006.

City Council member Lee Harris, who is also a tenured law professor at the University of Memphis, won the Democratic race for State Senate District 29.

Harris received 43 percent of the vote, while Ford only had 27 percent. Ricky Dixon had 28 percent and Herman Sawyer had 2 percent.

“We gave voters a choice, laid out for them what we had to offer, and they have spoken,” Harris said.

Many say they believe Ford relied on her name to maintain support. Even Harris admitted the Ford name would be hard to overcome.

Ford faced heavy criticism for her many absences during the 2014 legislative session, which she said were due to health issues.

Harris was elected to the City Council in 2011.

He will face Republican Jim Finney in November.

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