House Minority Leader Craig Ford announces run for re-election

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Rep. Craig Ford, a Democrat from Gadsden and the Minority Leader in the Alabama House of Representatives, announced today that he is seeking re-election to his district in the Alabama House of Representatives.

House District 28 is located entirely within Etowah County.

“I enjoy serving the people of District 28, and I believe I can do more for education, state employees, law enforcement, firefighters and the people of Etowah County by serving another term in the House,” said Ford.

Ford said his priorities are education and job creation.

In the legislature, Ford has sponsored numerous bills to provide cost-of-living pay increases for educators and public employees, repeal the Alabama Accountability Act, and provide full funding for participants in the state’s Pre-paid Affordable College Tuition (PACT) Program.

Ford has also been a strong advocate for vocational and workforce development training, as well as dual enrollment for high school students.

“It’s about schools, it’s about jobs and it’s about families,” said Ford.

“We need to make the people here at home our priority.

“I want to be your voice in Montgomery, not Montgomery’s voice to you.”

Craig Ford has served in the Alabama House of Representatives since 2000, when he won a special election to fill the seat after his father, Rep. Joe Ford, passed away.

In 2010 Ford was elected the House Minority Leader and has served in the House leadership ever since. He serves on the House Rules Committee, Ways and Means Education Committee, and the Commerce and Small Business Committee.

Outside of the legislature, Ford is a partner in Hodges-Ford Insurance and the owner of the Gadsden Messenger Newspaper. He and his wife, Gwen, have two children, Jonathan and Wells Elizabeth. Gwen teaches at Gadsden State Community College. Ford is also a former member of the U.S. Army Reserve and the Alabama National Guard, where he rose to the rank of Captain. Ford earned his degree in Marketing from Auburn University in 1991. Ford is also a charter member of the Coosa Valley Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, serves as an Associate Member of the Alabama Retired Teachers Association, is an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Gadsden, and is a former board member of the YMCA, Break Away Ministries, and Coosa Baseball. He continues to be involved in coaching youth sports.

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