Jack Ford (politician)

For Jack Ford, the son of former president Gerald Ford, see John Gardner Ford

John Marshall "Jack" Ford (May 18, 1947 – March 21, 2015) was an American Democratic politician who served as the mayor of Toledo, Ohio, from January 2002 to January 2006.

Jack Ford
Mayor of Toledo
In office
2002 – January 3, 2006
Preceded byCarty Finkbeiner
Succeeded byCarty Finkbeiner
Member of the Ohio House of Representatives
from the 49th district
In office
January 3, 1995 – December 31, 2001
Preceded byCasey Jones
Succeeded byEdna Brown
Personal details
John Marshall Ford

(1947-05-18)May 18, 1947
Springfield, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMarch 21, 2015(2015-03-21) (aged 67)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Spouse(s)Cynthia Ford

A graduate of Ohio State University, Jack Ford received his Master's degree in Public Administration and his law degree from the University of Toledo. He spent most of his working life as an educator, teaching primarily at the University of Toledo for 22 years, but also at Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College.

Ford served in the Ohio House of Representatives for seven years, and was Democratic leader of the Ohio House for the final three. He was a speaker at the 2000 Democratic National Convention. Ford served on the Toledo City Council. In November 2001, he was elected Toledo mayor, replacing another Democrat, Carty Finkbeiner who, four years later, on November 8, 2005 was returned to office, defeating Ford in his re-election bid. Ford was Toledo's first African-American mayor.

On March 7, 2006, media reports revealed that Ford would be returning to Bowling Green State University as a practitioner-in-residence in the College of Arts and Sciences effective March 13, 2006. According to reports, Ford will mostly teach in the department of political science.[1]

In June 2007, Ford was selected to fill a vacancy on the Toledo Board of Education.

In his public career as a legislator and city executive, Jack Ford was responsible for the creation of the Toledo Youth Commission, the lead abatement program, the medication education for the elderly program, the Toledo curfew law, and the drug paraphernalia law.

He founded two organizations dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

He was also a member of Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Ford died the morning of March 21, 2015 at the age of 67.[2][3]


  1. ^ As per WTVG Toledo[permanent dead link], March 7, 2006.
  2. ^ "Former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford dies at 67". WTVG. March 21, 2015. Retrieved March 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff, Blade. "Jack Ford, Toledo City Councilman and former mayor, dies at 67". The Blade. Retrieved 21 March 2015.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Carty Finkbeiner
Mayor of Toledo, Ohio
Succeeded by
Carty Finkbeiner