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Ford 1 of 7 candidates vying to fill DeBerry's seat

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In her last political outing she came tantalizingly close to winning. So Tennessee District 91 Democratic primary candidate Kemba Ford is back for another try at pressing the flesh on the campaign trail.

Not surprisingly, the message to voters she almost won with is much the same again.

"I don't want to lose," she said. "So, I will not let up. I am fast forward all the way till 7:09 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8."

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As if you had forgotten, her name is Ford. Kemba Ford. Two years removed from a surprising, but unsuccessful campaign to capture a Memphis City Council seat, the daughter of former State Sen. John Ford, has returned to the political trail. This time it's to fill the vacant District 91 State Representative seat of the late legislative giant Lois DeBerry.

In a seven-candidate field her surname recognition and the abbreviated campaign time leading up next week's election figure to place her in a favorable position to capture a race where the winner of the Democratic primary is almost assured of victory in the Nov. 5 general election in a heavily Democratic district.

Yet, whether because of humility or political savvy, Ford is wisely playing down any talk of front running status.

"I never have at one moment run in this race like I am the winner or the leader," she said. "My mentality is I'm running from behind."

In an exclusive interview with FOX13 News Ford said she learned a lot in defeat about the nature of politics. But, what remains is her belief that she is a self-declared "champion for change," her focus continues to be on education, job creation and healthcare.

Ford added she senses the political climate has changed in Nashville with Republican majorities in both the House and Senate. But, she asserts she wouldn't be intimidated by it.

"To go there with your tail tucked between your legs, with your head down, with this defeatist attitude, that's not my style," Ford said. "We must be focused on solutions. We are stuck in quagmires of the same challenges that we've been swirling around in for years that I've been witnessing. That's why I'm running. I'm running because I feel I can make a difference."

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