In his bid for Memphis mayor, Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton got a boost last week with an endorsement from former City Councilman Edmund Ford Sr.
Ford, who was last year acquitted on bribery charges, had briefly flirted with running for mayor. But he hadn't even pulled a petition when last week he and his son, current City Councilman Edmund Ford Jr., announced their support for Wharton at a press conference held at the family business, E. H. Ford Mortuary Services, on Elvis Presley Blvd.
This endorsement could give Wharton an edge over Willie Herenton's former campaign manager Charles Carpenter, who has opened a headquarters in Whitehaven and has campaign signs up around the South Memphis-Whitehaven area.
The Fords have a stronghold on their southwest Memphis council district, where either Ford and his son have held office since 1999.