Here's what the party's spokesperson, Ali Glisson, sent to me in response:
“Whatever a member of the legislature decides to do, it is a personal decision that I will not comment on. No ‘clandestine effort’ is going on, as some have speculated. We remain confident that the Iowa House will remain under Democratic control.”
She declined to say whether Ford would run again. I talked to Rep. Ford tonight. He said he is still at the statehouse, so he isn't retired. I told him I was talking about next session. He said if he had news, he would issue a press release. I tried several times to get him to say whether he would retire or run again. He said several times he issues a press release when he has news.
The deadline for a candidate to file for the primary with the secretary of state's office is this Friday at 5pm.