Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Ex-wife has injunction against Seminole City Council candidate Arden Ford

Seminole City Council candidate Arden Ford was divorced from Sherry Landon Ford in June of 2008.

Seminole City Council candidate Arden Ford was divorced from Sherry Landon Ford in June of 2008.

SEMINOLE — A court has banned City Council candidate Arden Ford from contacting his ex-wife because of fears he might harm her.

Ford says he never harmed his ex-wife. Instead, he said, he yelled at her when she left him with the burdens and debts of A-1 Auto Service to go with another man. It was her boyfriend's idea to get the injunction, he said.

"I got really mad at her and yelled at her," Ford said. "That's all I did, yell at her. (There was) no physical contact. Never was. Never has been."

Ford, 70, ran for the Seminole council in 2007 but withdrew from the race citing family and business issues. He and his wife, Sherry Landon Ford, were divorced in June 2008.

Two months before the divorce, his then-wife, who now goes by her maiden name, Sherry Lee Landon, asked for the court's protection. In granting it, the court found that Landon "is a victim of domestic violence or has reasonable cause to believe that he/she is in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence" by Ford.

The court ordered Ford to refrain from violence against Landon and banned him from contacting her. The court order also said Ford should stay at least 500 feet away from Landon's home and should not come within 100 feet of her automobile. It also ordered Ford to turn over any firearms and ammunition to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The injunction remains in effect through April 29.

Ford is one of seven candidates running for two open seats on the Seminole council in Tuesday's election. The two top vote-getters will be elected.

The other candidates are incumbent Thom Barnhorn, business owner Randall Hendricks and James Quinn, president of the Seminole Gardens Co-op Apartment complex men's club. Also running are political newcomers Bill Smith, an employee at Progress Energy, and Christopher Burke, a Largo police officer. The seventh candidate is Tom Christy, a former member of the Tonawanda, N.Y., City Council.

Seminole has a council-manager form of government. The seven-member council, which includes the mayor, is responsible for policy issues and passing the budget. The six council members earn $5,562 each year and serve three-year terms.

The polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Reach Anne Lindberg at [email protected] or (727) 893-8450.

Ex-wife has injunction against Seminole City Council candidate Arden Ford 03/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 5, 2010 12:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa police link two shootings, tell Seminole Heights residents to avoid walking alone


    TAMPA — One was a 22-year-old African American man. The other was a 32-year-old white women.

  2. Pinellas Sheriff deputies T. Festa, left, and J. Short, righ,t arrest suspect Christopher Parsells, Pinellas Park, early Tuesday as part of a joint roundup of unlicensed contractors. [SCOTT KEELER | Times]
  3. Richard Spencer coming to town? What UF can learn from other schools


    With Richard Spencer's controversial visit to the University of Florida quickly approaching, some UF and Gainesville police officers boarded a plane bound for Berkeley.

    Thousands of people, many of them college students, gather for a vigil on the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville, Va. on Aug. 16 -- four days after a Unite the Right rally that led to clashes and the death of a woman. In advance of an appearance Thursday at the University of Florida by white nationalist Richard Spencer, the school is looking at what happened in Charlottesville and other venues where controversial speakers have visited. [Jason Lappa | The New York Times]
  4. Trigaux: On new Forbes 400 list of U.S. billionaires, 35 now call Florida their home

    Personal Finance

    The latest Forbes 400 richest people in America was unveiled Tuesday, with 35 billionaires on that list calling Florida home. That's actually down from 40 Florida billionaires listed last year when a full 10 percent listed declared they were Floridians by residence.

    Edward DeBartolo, Jr., shopping center developer and  former San Francisco 49ers Owner, posed with his bronze bust last year during the NFL Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony in Canton, Ohio. DeBartolo remains the wealthiest person in Tampa Bay according to the Forbes 400 list released Tuesday. 
[Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images]
  5. Today he secures Bucs games; 30 years ago he played in them


    TAMPA —- Whenever the Bucs play a home game, Sankar Montoute is on hand to supervise more than 50 officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on duty at Raymond James Stadium.

    Sankar Montoute, who oversees Homeland Security for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, was a replacement player for the Bucs during the 1987 strike. 
Montoute, who had a sack and interception in the same NFL game, oversees the 50-plus officers who work at Bucs games, most of whom have no idea he played. [Times files (1987)]