Tuskegee Mayor-Ford

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) - Longtime Tuskegee Mayor Johnny Ford's

political career has been sidelined after he lost a bid for an eighth term

as mayor of Tuskegee.

The 66-year-old Ford says he expects to again seek out the political

spotlight, and didn’t rule out running for the Legislature or statewide


Over the years, Ford has become one of Alabama's best-known


Ford was defeated last week in a runoff for the mayor's office

by former Macon County Commissioner Omar Neal.

Neal was only 14 in 1972 when Ford became Tuskegee's first black

mayor and one of the first black mayors in Alabama.

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