Tuskegee Mayor Considers Bid for Senate Seat

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TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) -- Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford says he's looking at running for higher office to make sure black voters turn out for the November general election.

Ford said that he is considering running for the state Senate seat held by Democrat Billy Beasley of Clayton if Beasley runs for governor. If Beasley runs for re-election, Ford says he will consider running for secretary of state.

Ford says he's afraid that many black voters will not participate in the general election if there are not black Democrats running for office. Ford says he will announce a decision by the qualifying deadline for candidates on Feb. 7.

Ford ran for the state Senate in 2010 and lost the Democratic runoff to Beasley. Ford says Beasley has his support if he runs for governor.

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