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Second commissioner may not live in district elected to serve

MLGW records show utilities at this address are off and there is not an account in Justin Ford's name. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) MLGW records show utilities at this address are off and there is not an account in Justin Ford's name. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
WMC Action News 5 Investigators have uncovered Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford may not live in the district he represents. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) WMC Action News 5 Investigators have uncovered Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford may not live in the district he represents. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)

(WMC) - WMC Action News 5 Investigators have uncovered Shelby County Commissioner Justin Ford may not live in the district he represents. This comes days after an investigation revealed Commissioner Henri Brooks does not live in her district.

On April 29, the latest campaign financial disclosure statement lists Ford at Fairway Townhomes and Apartments in District 3.

David Newell lives in the complex and says Ford had been here a few times in the last few days, but never before that.

MLGW records show utilities at this address are off and there is not an account in Justin Ford's name.

When WMC Action News 5 arrived at the property Thursday, police were on site. Neighbors say that on Thursday afternoon Ford was at the residence and the property manager called police to keep the media off property.

Whether Ford lives at the apartments or not, the Shelby County Election Commission says it's about his voter registration.

Election Commission Chair Robert Meyers says once a candidate submits their petition, it's cross referenced in the voter registration system. If the two match, there is no further investigation.

"Much of the interaction we have with the candidates and the public involved, essentially, is the honors system. So we have to trust that people are telling us the truth, whether it's the name or date of birth, their address, that they're a United States citizen when they're registering," said Meyers.

If they find a false claim, or that election law has been violated, they turn it over the Attorney General, because they are not the criminal justice system.

In the case of Commissioner Ford, Meyers said, "This is the first that I've heard of that. Keep in mind that those kinds of issues, those potentially disqualifying issues are particularly governed by the law of that entity. So the county commission or the state legislature."

In the meantime, if people in his district say if these allegations are true, it's very disheartening.

WMC Action News 5 tried to contact Commissioner Ford and even went to his father's funeral home where he works, but we were asked to leave. As for the commission, its next meeting is set for July 7.

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