Friday, February 28, 2014

Irby Ford running for Madison County Chancery Clerk

Irby Ford issued the following press release:

Irby Ford, CMS, MAE
Madison County Deputy Tax Assessor
122 Parkfield Drive
Madison, Ms. 39110

Dear Friend,

After giving this serious consideration, I have entered the race for Chancery Clerk of Madison County in the June 3rd Republican primary. I offer a standard that sets me apart from the other candidates - 28 years of dedicated, full time service to the citizens of Madison County as a Deputy Tax Assessor. I have spent my entire adult life as a public servant of our County, helping hundreds of people with property records and tax issues. Often they have sought my help with other matters important to them. No other candidate knows as much about Madison County, its government and people who live and work here than I do.
The Chancery Clerk’s office requires experience, hard work, and most importantly the ability to work with other elected and appointed County officials. I have proven I can do all these things. Throughout the past 28 years I have developed and maintained excellent professional relationships with the Supervisors as well as the other fine people who have served our County. I have entered this race with the blessing of my boss, Gerald Barber, and I believe he and all other county officers can attest to my demonstrated dedication and work ethic.
In 2003, I sought the Chancery Clerk position and lost to Arthur Johnston. Because my work as Deputy Assessor involves much interaction with the Chancery Clerk, I developed a close working relationship with Arthur. We became good friends. He was an exemplary Chancery Clerk. It will be an honor to follow him in this office because of the respect I have for him. I pledge to provide the same excellent service. I commit to work diligently with all County and City officials to ensure that Madison County remains a great place to live, work, worship and raise a family.
I love Madison County. My wife Stephanie and I have lived here nearly 30 years. This is our home. We raised our four children here. We are active members of Damascus Baptist Church, where I serve as a Deacon and Music Director. We are proud to be a part of this great community.
Our oldest son, Wes, 27, graduated from Madison Central High School, served four years in the U.S. Army, including 12 months in Afghanistan, and since joined the Alaska National Guard where he and his wife Jackie live and are expecting their first child. We have three daughters, Paige is an elementary education major at the University of Southern Mississippi, Maggi is in her second year of nursing at Holmes Community College. Shelby is an energetic 9th grader at Germantown High School.
You probably already know this. The other two candidates have less than four year’s experience combined in County government. My proven 28 year record allows me to say humbly that I am clearly the best candidate for this important County office.
I respectfully ask you for your vote, your willingness to get out and vote on June 3rd, and your support by allowing me to place a campaign sign in your yard. If you would like to help me continue to serve Madison County, please email me at or call me in the evenings at 601-573-4033. Please consider my experience dedication and record of public service when you choose your candidate for the important office of Chancery Clerk in Madison County.


Anonymous said...

Lock your doors and call the dogs! This game is over boys. Irby Ford lost by a hair last time he ran. He got big political backing from people who can get votes. Plus people just like the guy.

Anonymous said...

Gene Taylor just announced he's running on the coast.

Anonymous said...


Did I miss something here? What does Gene Taylor running for U. S. Congress on the Coast have to do with Irby Ford running for Chancery Clerk in Madison County? Didn't think so!

Anonymous said...

Irby is the go-to guy in the tax assessor's office. He is the guy that can answer any question you have, and if he can't he's not afraid to step from behind the counter and help you find the answer.

He is an EXCELLENT candidate for that position.

Anonymous said...

Sorry Gene Magee and Gerald Steen....your boy has zero chance now that Irby is in the race....looks like Gerald Barbour wins again!!!!

Anonymous said...

Well that put an end to Lott and Overby' s bait and switch plan. Insiders believed Overby planned on pulling out giving Lott a free ride who would then hire Overby as chief deputy to do the actual work. Lord knows Lott's not smart enough for the job.

Anonymous said...

I overheard Overby at lunch this week saying he had to suck up to the Wicked Witch mayor in Madison if he wanted to win. He said he knows she hates Lott but is scared she will support Ford and that his close ties with Steen and Gene Magee could hurt him with her support.

Anonymous said...

Irby is the only choice for Chancery Clerk. He has the know how and the skills to keep that office moving in a positive direction as Mr. Johnson left it. He also has the people skills to communicate well with the people and the Board. Irby Ford the only choice for Madison County.

Anonymous said...

What does being a mapper have to do with being Chancery Clerk?

Anonymous said...

Do we really want the old courthouse mafia run by Karl Rudy, Elvis and Barber to keep their kingdom?

Anonymous said...

If you don't know that Irby Ford is so much more than a mapper then i suggest you do yourself some research before making comments. Give him 3 months and he'll show you what he knows.

Anonymous said...

Glad to know that Ford's five close friends stood by ready to post - all about his great qualities. Barber is trying to increase his (and buddies') hold on Madison County; hopefully this way he might be able to singlehandedly tax Nissan out of the county.

Its time for Madison to kick Rudy and Elvis out of the Madison piggy-bank. That means Barber has to go as well. Sorry Irby but you are measured by the friends you keep.

Anonymous said...

Do we really need to expand the power of the old courthouse crowd? He "gets along"with the powers in the Courthouse" because he turns his head and keeps his mouth shut about all the goings on there. We need new blood.

bill said...

I admit that I've only lived in Madison County for ten years and wasn't around for the clerk prior to Arthur Johnston, but anyone who tries to convince me that he was part of the "courthouse crowd" or somehow enabled or allowed the corruption that's taken place will have a tough sell to make. If he couldn't stop it then chances are that it's not within the purview of the position, and we should be looking for who can do the best job, not who is a political insider or outsider.

Anonymous said...

There may be a newcandidate entering... One that actually knows the position and really what's required. Given, Irby is a great deputy tax accessor, guarantee he doesn't know how to survive A day in the office!

Suscribe to latest on JJ.

Recent Comments

Search Jackson Jambalaya

Subscribe to JJ's Youtube channel


Trollfest '09

Trollfest '07 was such a success that Jackson Jambalaya will once again host Trollfest '09. Catch this great event which will leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Othor Cain and his band, The Black Power Structure headline the night while Sonjay Poontang returns for an encore performance. Former Frank Melton bodyguard Marcus Wright makes his premier appearance at Trollfest singing "I'm a Sweet Transvestite" from "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Kamikaze will sing his new hit, “How I sold out to da Man.” Robbie Bell again performs: “Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be Bells” and “Any friend of Ed Peters is a friend of mine”. After the show, Ms. Bell will autograph copies of her mug shot photos. In a salute to “Dancing with the Stars”, Ms. Bell and Hinds County District Attorney Robert Smith will dance the Wango Tango.

Wrestling returns, except this time it will be a Battle Royal with Othor Cain, Ben Allen, Kim Wade, Haley Fisackerly, Alan Lange, and “Big Cat” Donna Ladd all in the ring at the same time. The Battle Royal will be in a steel cage, no time limit, no referee, and the losers must leave town. Marshand Crisler will be the honorary referee (as it gives him a title without actually having to do anything).

Meet KIM Waaaaaade at the Entergy Tent. For five pesos, Kim will sell you a chance to win a deed to a crack house on Ridgeway Street stuffed in the Howard Industries pinata. Don't worry if the pinata is beaten to shreds, as Mr. Wade has Jose, Emmanuel, and Carlos, all illegal immigrants, available as replacements for the it. Upon leaving the Entergy tent, fig leaves will be available in case Entergy literally takes everything you have as part of its Trollfest ticket price adjustment charge.

Donna Ladd of The Jackson Free Press will give several classes on learning how to write. Smearing, writing without factchecking, and reporting only one side of a story will be covered. A donation to pay their taxes will be accepted and she will be signing copies of their former federal tax liens. Ms. Ladd will give a dramatic reading of her two award-winning essays (They received The Jackson Free Press "Best Of" awards.) "Why everything is always about me" and "Why I cover murders better than anyone else in Jackson".

In the spirit of helping those who are less fortunate, Trollfest '09 adopts a cause for which a portion of the proceeds and donations will be donated: Keeping Frank Melton in his home. The “Keep Frank Melton From Being Homeless” booth will sell chances for five dollars to pin the tail on the jackass. John Reeves has graciously volunteered to be the jackass for this honorable excursion into saving Frank's ass. What's an ass between two friends after all? If Mr. Reeves is unable to um, perform, Speaker Billy McCoy has also volunteered as when the word “jackass” was mentioned he immediately ran as fast as he could to sign up.

In order to help clean up the legal profession, Adam Kilgore of the Mississippi Bar will be giving away free, round-trip plane tickets to the North Pole where they keep their bar complaint forms (which are NOT available online). If you don't want to go to the North Pole, you can enjoy Brant Brantley's (of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance) free guided tours of the quicksand field over by High Street where all complaints against judges disappear. If for some reason you are unable to control yourself, never fear; Judge Houston Patton will operate his jail where no lawyers are needed or allowed as you just sit there for minutes... hours.... months...years until he decides he is tired of you sitting in his jail. Do not think Judge Patton is a bad judge however as he plans to serve free Mad Dog 20/20 to all inmates.

Trollfest '09 is a pet-friendly event as well. Feel free to bring your dog with you and do not worry if your pet gets hungry, as employees of the Jackson Zoo will be on hand to provide some of their animals as food when it gets to be feeding time for your little loved one.

Relax at the Fox News Tent. Since there are only three blonde reporters in Jackson (being blonde is a requirement for working at Fox News), Megan and Kathryn from WAPT and Wendy from WLBT will be on loan to Fox. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both and a torn-up Obama yard sign will entitle you to free drinks served by Megan, Wendy, and Kathryn. Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required. Just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '09 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS.

Trollfest '07

Jackson Jambalaya is the home of Trollfest '07. Catch this great event which promises to leave NE Jackson & Fondren in flames. Sonjay Poontang and his band headline the night with a special steel cage, no time limit "loser must leave town" bout between Alan Lange and "Big Cat"Donna Ladd following afterwards. Kamikaze will perform his new song F*** Bush, he's still a _____. Did I mention there was no referee? Dr. Heddy Matthias and Lori Gregory will face off in the undercard dueling with dangling participles and other um, devices. Robbie Bell will perform Her two latest songs: My Best Friends are in the Media and Mama's, Don't Let Your Babies Grow up to be George Bell. Sid Salter of The Clarion-Ledger will host "Pin the Tail on the Trial Lawyer", sponsored by State Farm.

There will be a hugging booth where in exchange for your young son, Frank Melton will give you a loooong hug. Trollfest will have a dunking booth where Muhammed the terrorist will curse you to Allah as you try to hit a target that will drop him into a vat of pig grease. However, in the true spirit of Separate But Equal, Don Imus and someone from NE Jackson will also sit in the dunking booth for an equal amount of time. Tom Head will give a reading for two hours on why he can't figure out who the hell he is. Cliff Cargill will give lessons with his .80 caliber desert eagle, using Frank Melton photos as targets. Tackleberry will be on hand for an autograph session. KIM Waaaaaade will be passing out free titles and deeds to crackhouses formerly owned by The Wood Street Players.

If you get tired come relax at the Fox News Tent. To gain admittance to the VIP section, bring either your Republican Party ID card or a Rebel Flag. Bringing both will entitle you to free drinks.Get your tickets now. Since this is an event for trolls, no ID is required, just bring the hate. Bring the family, Trollfest '07 is for EVERYONE!!!

This is definitely a Beaver production.

Note: Security provided by INS