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 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. What you need to know for Thursday, June 29


    Catching you up on overnight happenings, and what you need to know today.

    See that thing in the water? No? That's the point. It's that time of the year when stingrays are often lurking in the sand, often not visibly. Remember to do the stingray shuffle if you're out at the beach this weekend. [JIM DAMASKE | Times]
  2. Pinellas beaches seeing fewer injuries from stingrays, but the summer is still young


    FORT DE SOTO — Rebecca Glidden leaned back in her lifeguard chair, watching behind sunglasses as families splashed in the water at Fort De Soto's North Beach.

    A Clearwater water safety supervisor demonstrates the stingray shuffle. Pinellas beaches are reporting relatively few injuries from stingrays so far this year, but they anticipate more as the summer wears on. Officials are reminding beachgoers to do the shuffle when they enter the water and keep an eye out for purple flags flying from the lifeguard towers, which indicate stingray activity. [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times]
  3. Weeki Wachee River advocates agree to work to resolve issues

    Local Government

    WEEKI WACHEE — Degradation of the Weeki Wachee River is a complex mix of circumstances, with a variety of jurisdictions holding the authority to fix the problems. That has made finding solutions over the years more about frustration than success.

    A boat and kayak drift into one another as they share the narrow passage near Rogers Park on the Weeki Wachee River in March. Advocates fear too many vessels are damaging the river.
  4. Despite change in Cuba policy, cruise ships sail on


    TAMPA -- It's smooth sailing for cruises from Tampa to Havana, with the first of Carnival Cruise Line's 12 such excursions launching today, two months after Royal Caribbean's initial voyage from Port Tampa Bay to the island.

    The Empress of the Seas cruise ship docks at the Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3 in Tampa. President Donald 

Trump's new Cuba policy may not hurt cruises to Havana at all. In fact, it may help these cruises. CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times
  5. Lien forgiveness program aimed at blighted properties in Zephyrhills

    Local Government

    ZEPHYRHILLS — The city will begin offering a new residential lien forgiveness program in an effort to encourage improvements to properties and home ownership.

    City Manager Steve Spina said it is geared to foreclosures and properties for sale.