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Senator Ophelia Ford holds meet and greet; Harris asks voters to check attendance

Records show Ford missed more than half of her votes including the last week and a half of the session, which she says isn't true. (WMC Action News 5) Records show Ford missed more than half of her votes including the last week and a half of the session, which she says isn't true. (WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - Tennessee State Senator Ophelia Ford is in Memphis meeting with constituents ahead of her run for re-election.

Senator Ford, who has represented District 29 for eight years, used her brother Edmund's funeral home for a meet and greet to kick off her senate campaign for the state legislature.

"It is my desire to try to continue to represent the people of District 29 and really the state of Tennessee. I work very hard towards that and satisfying just about everyone that is concerned about anything," said Ford.

Yet, records show Ford missed more than half of her votes including the last week and a half of the session.

"I missed the last week in session. Other than that I've never missed a session this year. I have not," added Ford. "I have no idea where they got their information."

Ford wrote letters to the Lieutenant Governor saying she was sick and broke her hip. But she didn't want to talk about that.

"I really don't care to do it with the microphone in my face. If you don't mind."

The senator will have help on the campaign trail from her politically influential family.

Senator Ford's brother, John, whose senate seat she took over when he went to prison for a bribery conviction, does not think her absences will make a difference to voters.

"I certainly hope not because she was ill," said John Ford.

Senator Ophelia Ford will face several challengers in the upcoming primary August 7. Ford told WMC Action News 5 she didn't consider them a threat.

Candidate and current Memphis city councilman Lee Harris is asking voters to check Ford's senate attendance record before casting a ballot in the August election.

"And the facts are that for many years of her incumbency for many years of her tenure she hasn't been present," said Lee.

Also on the ballot for district 29 state senate seat Jim Finney, Anthony Herron Junior, Ricky Dixon and Herman Sawyer.

Copyright 2014 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

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