Politics & Government

Lexington council member Chris Ford rules out run for state legislature

Chris Ford, first district councilperson, spoke to students at  Booker T. Washington Academy for the  Brush Off!  rally to help  improve children's dental health and raise awareness of Kentucky's  growing pediatric dental health disparity on Thursday, February 23,  2012, in Lexington, Ky.
Chris Ford, first district councilperson, spoke to students at Booker T. Washington Academy for the Brush Off! rally to help improve children's dental health and raise awareness of Kentucky's growing pediatric dental health disparity on Thursday, February 23, 2012, in Lexington, Ky. Lexington Herald-Leader

Urban County Council member Chris Ford has decided to seek re-election to the governing body in Lexington and Fayette County next year instead of running for the state legislature.

"After three productive years in local office, I believe I can best serve Lexington families and businesses with my continual work on the Urban County Council," Ford said via email Thursday. "I have decided to seek re-election in 2014 as 1st District councilman."

Ford, 37, said earlier in the week that he might run for the state legislature after veteran Democratic incumbent Jesse Crenshaw had said he wouldn't seek re-election next year to the 77th House District.

Crenshaw, an attorney, has said he will support Fayette County Magistrate J. Michael Haskins to replace him in the legislature.

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