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Ford named to NLC board


Four months before town elections when Farragut citizens will choose their next mayor and two aldermen, Mayor Eddy Ford got some practice in campaigning.

He recently returned from Indianapolis and the National League of Cities annual business meeting where he was elected to serve a two-year term on the NLC 40-member board of directors. He was recommended for one of 22 open positions and supported by the Tennessee Municipal League, which chose Ford to be its candidate.

“You almost have to have the support of your state league to be given any credibility by the NLC nominating committee,” Ford said. He added that in the competitive campaign environment, “I had a strong lobbying effort on my behalf.”

TML printed campaign material that featured a vintage model car and read, “Put a Ford on the Board.”

Ford compiled a nomination package, including endorsement letters. He pointed to Farragut’s accomplishments and was asked to clarify the issues that would be important to him as a board member. Ford made it clear that he would serve as an advocate for small cities like Farragut by, “promoting issues that would be important to small cities across this country,” he said.

NLC defines small cities as those with populations of 50,000 or less; 97 percent of the country’s municipalities are considered small cities.

While campaigning, Ford stayed busy at the conference chairing four meetings, which was nothing new to the mayor.

He began attending NLC functions about 15 years ago and has served on committees for five years. He served as a member of the Small Cities Council and was then selected by NLC leadership to chair the SCC. He also served five years on the NLC Community and Economic Development Policy and Advocacy Steering Committee.

Being named to the NLC board of directors, Ford said, is “truly an honor for me and for the town of Farragut.”

He is excited to be a part of a group whose actions will affect the town.

“You’re involved in setting policy which in turn goes to the lobbyists before Congress,” he said.

Ford is already pleased with what’s been achieved since he’s been an active member of NLC. “We accomplished great things last year on behalf of the small cities in this country,” he said.

After his term, Ford will move on to become a member of the NLC advisory committee.

Former mayor Bob Leonard suggested Farragut join the NLC in 1982.

Karen Hamilton contributed to this story.

 

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