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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) _ Former major league umpire Dale Ford, part of the mass resignation of baseball umpires in 1999, is running for the 6th District seat in Tennessee's state House.

Ford, 60, of Jonesborough, will challenge incumbent Republican David Davis in the August primary.

Ford, who began umpiring in 1975, was one of the 22 umpires let go in September 1999 after their union's failed attempt to force an early start to contract negotiations. The termination of 10 of the umpires, including Ford, was upheld in U.S. district court.

Ford said he believes his experience as an umpire has prepared him for politics and isn't worried about trying to beat an incumbent.

``I've never been intimidated in my life,'' Ford said when announcing his candidacy last week.