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State representative Clay Ford dies after long battle with cancer

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  State Representative Clay Ford, from Gulf Breeze, has passed away after a battle with cancer.

Ford was elected to the House in a special election in 2007.
He won re-election in 2010 to the District 2 seat.
   
A special election will be held to choose a new representative.
The governor's office will decide the date.

House Speaker will Weatherford gave a statement this morning saying "for those who know Clay, you will not be surprised by his request that we not mourn him with ceremony and fanfare, but that we would allow his family to grieve privately."