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Ford to seek fifth term as Farragut mayor

Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III has announced his decision to again run for mayor in Farragut’s 2009 election. If elected, it would be Ford’s 5th mayoral term.

“I want to express my appreciation to the citizens of the town of Farragut for having had this opportunity to serve and I am again asking for the opportunity to continue to serve,” Ford said in a press conference at Kroger Marketplace.

Despite rumors in the 2005 election that he would not run again, Ford said he never declared any such intentions.

“The message we can convey to the voters is that they understand Eddy Ford and they understand what I stand for.

“I think I am a known quantity,” Ford said.

As evidence of what he supported, Ford listed the accomplishments of Farragut staff and elected officials in past years.

“I think the citizenship of Farragut can really be proud of how this Town has progressed, where the leadership of this Town has brought this commun-ity.

“I’m very proud of being part of that leadership all these years,” Ford said.

He also spoke of the national economic downturn and fiscal conservation.

“Times are changing and … municipalities are going to have to make hard choices,” he said.

“But the main thing is, we have positioned Farragut, with our conservative approach to municipal government, to withstand these times.

“We don’t have any debt. We’re doing all this road development, all these parks without incurring debt by being very aggressive in seeking out state and federal funding,” he added.

According to Ford, Farragut is the largest municipality in Tennessee that does not levy a property tax. Farragut also has no business taxes or impact fees.

“We offer our citizens the most cost-effective government you can have,” Ford said.

“I hope to continue that as we move forward in the next four years, because they are going to be challenging,” he added, outlining three of his main goals if re-elected: continuing to build parks and greenways, improving infrastructure and remaining financially conservative.

Ford also mentioned programs he would not support.

“The most important thing is not to duplicate services. Knox County is doing an excellent job in providing schools; Knox County is doing an excellent job in their police protection,” he said.

“Most important is the realization of our financial limitations … and that should be kept foremost in our minds,” he added.

April 7, the nearly 16,000 Farragut residents will have the opportunity to vote for two aldermanic positions, Aldermen Tom Rosseel’s and Vice Mayor J. Michael Haynes’s, in addition to mayor.

As of press time, neither incumbent had publicly announced his intentions to run for any elected position and no challenger had picked up a petition.

Petitions are available at Knox County Election Commission offices, 300 Main Street in downtown Knoxville. Petitions require 25 signatures and candidates must be registered voters in the district in which they run. Qualifying deadline for the race is Jan. 15.

Last day to register to vote is March 9. Early voting begins at Town Hall March 18 and ends April 2.

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