April 28, 2022
TUPELO, Miss. — iVoterGuide (ivoterguide.com), the premier Christian voting guide, honors and respects the legacy of founder Richard Ford after his passing on April 15, 2022. Born on May 24, 1943, Ford was a lifelong advocate for political activism, founding or participating in many key legislative organizations, including iVoterGuide. Ford passed away after a 40-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Debbie Wuthnow, president of iVoterGuide, stated, “Even though he could not physically stand, Richard stood for what he believed in and was a stalwart example of Christian, conservative leadership. Richard was like a father to me and made me a better servant of Christ. The legacy he left for his loved ones, his state, and his country will endure, and we are all better for having walked alongside him.”
Ford was best known for his love for the Lord and his love for his family and friends. A graduate from El Paso High School and the University of Texas in Austin, Ford was a Sigma Chi, Certified Life Underwriter (youngest known recipient at the time), Million Dollar Roundtable, and served in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve.
Ford spent most of his career empowering Christians to use their God-ordained authority to vote responsibly. Over the years, he founded many organizations, including Coordinated Consulting Company (working with businesses to train employees to be politically effective with their time and money), Richard Ford Associates, Free Enterprise PAC, Texans Against State Income Taxes, Texans for Limited Taxation, Texans for Educational Choice, Judd Court Forum, Free Market Committee, Free Market Foundation, Christian Citizens, Heritage Alliance, and iVoterGuide.
Formerly, Ford was on the Board of Governors for Council for National Policy; Editor of Lone Star Report for Focus on the Family; and Publisher of Texas Conservative Report. He was a Past Board Member of Dallas area Campus Crusade for Christ, Sensible Metro Area Rapid Transit and Joni and Friends. Richard was Chairman of the facilities at the Cotton Bowl for Explo ’72; Co-Chairman with Roger Staubach and Craig Baynham in 1970 for Action Now, an anti-drug rally at the Cotton Bowl featuring John Wayne and Pat Boone; first recipient of Love of Liberty Award from Concerned Women for America; recipient of the Heidi Group Heritage Award and the iVoterGuide Walk the Talk Award. At the time of his death, he was on the Board of American Family Association Action and Heritage Alliance.
Wuthnow commented, “As a humble servant of God, Richard founded and planted the seeds of some of the most powerful and effective Christian ministries in the nation . . . all born from the desire to reach others for Christ. His motive was clear as he quoted William Federer: ‘The most important thing is to bring people to Christ. The second most important thing is to preserve the freedom to do the first most important thing!’”
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In 2022, iVoterGuide’s expert researchers will give an in-depth analysis—and overall rating—from a Christian and conservative perspective for 12,000+ candidates nationwide. Additionally, iVoterGuide offers election dates, registration deadlines, polling locations, and other information needed to help Americans vote wisely and identify candidates on the ballot who share their values. Related tools are also available to inform family, neighbors, and business associates about getting their own personalized ballots. iVoterGuide is helping to restore the principles of limited government, free enterprise, and traditional American values.