State Rep La Shawn Ford, Advocate for Ex-Offenders, Hopes He Doesn’t Become One

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State representative La Shawn Ford is trying to stay hopeful. “I love Austin,” he says on a recent drive through the west-side neighborhood at the heart of his district. “If only we could get it right and allow opportunities to be here. Otherwise . . . “

He doesn’t finish the thought before a couple of buildings on Chicago Avenue get his attention. “There were two banks here when I was growing up,” he says. “And now there are no banks.”

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