Ed Ford Jr.
Councilman Edmund Ford, Jr. has represented District 6 of the Memphis City Council since January 1, 2008 after defeating ten candidates and winning a runoff election in November 2007, making him the youngest African-American ever to be elected to the Council and the second youngest overall at the age of 28. He was reelected by his constituency in October 2011 with 64% of the electorate against three opponents. In 2013, he served as the Memphis City Council Chairman.
He is currently the lead Algebra 1 teacher at Central High School where he graduated in 1996 at the age of 16. His passion for education influenced him to establish the Ford Gateway Tutoring Fund, a nonprofit organization that fosters the academic success of Algebra students and incentivizes proficient and advanced-level mastery on the state end-of-course examinations. Presently, the non-profit organization has benefited over 750 students.
Councilman Ford’s political philosophy is one that instills promoting social wellness while being fiscally conservative and responsible. During his eight years as an elected legislator, Ford has focused on economic development, job creation, and fiscal sustainability for the City. Moreover, Ford has always supported funds for local parks, libraries, golf courses, and community centers. While attaining funds for these services, Councilman Ford has always been able to keep the City’s finances “within budget”, never voting for a property tax increase higher than the certified tax rate. This message resonates throughout the District he represents. His priorities are to “put Memphis first” when promoting participation, prosperity, and peace.