Todd Portune, a Democratic Hamilton County commissioner, issued a statement of condolence today on the death of Jack Ford.
And he shared with me the campaign sign that might have been used in the campaign he and Jack were discussing.
Portune briefly flirted in early 2014 with running for the Democratic nomination for governor and recruited Ford as his possible running mate against Ed FitzGerald and Sharen Neuhardt.
The two met at a restaurant in Lima - kind of a halfway point - for their discussions.
Here's Portune's statement:
I have been saddened since I learned of Toledo City Councilman and Former Mayor and State Representative Jack Ford’s death.
I came to know Jack over a year ago when we both contemplated a bid for Ohio’s top two Constitutional Offices. Jack was a Lion in the field of public service. His commitment to Democratic principles never wavered yet he maintained the independent streak that endeared him to Ohio voters irrespective of party affiliation. And, despite his passion for politics and for always going the extra mile, what impressed me most about Jack was his love of Family and love in Faith.
I will miss his voice in politics and his counsel as a newfound friend.