Ford falls to Beasley in Senate District 28 Democratic Runoff
By Joe McAdory Staff writer
Published: July 14, 2010
After what became a contentious race that saw vote-registration rallies and complaints filed with the Secretary of State’s Office and U.S. Justice Department, the Alabama Senate District 28 Democratic runoff belonged to Clayton pharmacist Billy Beasley. Beasley received 62 percent of the vote to defeat former six-term Tuskegee mayor and legislator Johnny Ford, 9,956 to 6,022. He will campaign against Auburn veterinarian Kim West in the November general election to determine which candidate replaces Sen. Myron Penn (D-Union Springs), who is not seeking re-election. Ford, however, carried Lee County earning 728 votes to Beasley’s 357. “I congratulated Mr. Beasley and let him know that if there’s any way I can be supportive in the future, I will be,” said Ford, who also served in the Alabama House from 1999-2004. “We were friends in the Legislature and I look forward to being his continued friend. “I want to express my sincere appreciation to the hundreds of volunteers who worked so hard for our campaign. Any time you face that kind of money and political influence, it’s a challenge.” Though this bid to re-enter the Legislature failed, Ford hinted his political career is not over. “I had planned to only run for the Senate. I was sincere to maintain this district as a majority-minority district (where a minority serves as a district’s representative). I can never say never when it comes to politics because I love serving people. I don’t know how to do anything else.” Attempts to reach Beasley, the sitting Alabama House District 84 representative, before press time Tuesday were unsuccessful.