Democratic State Sen. Joel Ford said Tuesday he is forming an exploratory committee to consider challenging Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts in 2017.
“We need a mayor who will focus on the real issues facing our city,” Ford said in a statement. “That starts with creating new jobs and economic opportunities for the city; protecting our neighborhoods, supporting our schools and investing in our community.”
“Charlotte needs a bold, decisive and visionary mayor; one who can unify the city, the council, the business community and all of our neighborhoods and communities,” Ford said.
Ford is a three-term state senator and former chairman of the Mecklenburg County Democratic Party.
He said he will build a city-wide political organization that supports a common-sense agenda that brings people together.
“We need to demonstrate the Charlotte can-do spirit at City Hall as a leadership model for our community and other representatives to see how we achieve success in Charlotte by confronting our challenges with grit and by working together selflessly,” Ford said.