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 irby810@gmail.com 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.

15 comments:

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...

1:22

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!

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