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Ford will run for seat in W.Va. House

Morgan County commissioner announces campaign for Trump's seat

Morgan County commissioner announces campaign for Trump's seat

December 21, 2005|by TRISH RUDDER

trishr@herald-mail.com

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - Morgan County Commissioner Robert L. "Bob" Ford announced Tuesday that he will seek election to the West Virginia Legislature in 2006.

Ford, 58, said he will run for the House of Delegates position to replace Charles S. Trump IV, R-Morgan, in the 51st District. The district includes Morgan County and part of Hampshire County.

Trump, who is from Berkeley Springs, announced last week he will not run for re-election.

Ford's first six-year term as commissioner ends in 2006. He said he wanted to announce early that he will not seek re-election as commissioner to "allow the person to run for the Morgan County Commission."

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Ford, a Democrat, said he has been serving in government for about six years and has built alliances with other legislative members in the House and Senate.

"I have learned how to build a coalition in order to get things done," Ford said. "I think I can do some good for Morgan County and Hampshire County."

Ford said he has "good ties" with Gov. Joe Manchin.

"Joe Manchin and I are friends, and I spearheaded his campaign in Morgan County and helped him get elected," Ford said.

"We raised money for Manchin. I have an excellent rapport with the governor," he said.

Ford, who owns Bob's Big Beef and the Triple B Arena, was born and raised in Hagerstown and moved to Morgan County in 1980.

Ford said his father was a blue-collar worker, and he grew up as a Democrat, "but look at my philosophy," he said.

"I am fiscally conservative," Ford said. "I believe in low taxes and a balanced budget. I am pro-business and I believe in smaller government. I am pro-life with stipulations, and I oppose gun control."

Ford said he will have financial support for the March primary, "and if I am successful, the Democratic Party will assist me with my campaign."

Ford and his wife, Jeannie, have been married 42 years. Ford said his family is behind him "110 percent." He said they understand what this could mean to Morgan County.

"This is a golden opportunity for Morgan County," he said.

He has two adult children, Rob Jr. and a daughter, Chantel, and four grandchildren.

The 2006 primary in West Virginia is May 9.

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