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Ferrell is now mulling Senate bid

Monday, March 1, 2004

JEFFERSON CITY -- Retiring Scott County Sheriff Bill Ferrell may try to follow in the foots of his predecessor and run for the Missouri Senate.

However, Ferrell, who is in his 28th year as sheriff and isn't seeking re-election, said Friday that a Senate bid is just a possibility at this point.

"It is something I'm thinking about," Ferrell said. "I haven't made any decisions on what I'm going to do as far as politics are concerned."

The man Ferrell succeeded, fellow Democrat John Dennis, was elected to the Senate in 1976 after serving 24 years as Scott County sheriff.

Dennis held his upper chamber seat until 1993, when replaced by its current occupant, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Kinder, R-Cape Girardeau.

With Kinder stepping down at the end of the year, House Majority Floor Leader Jason Crowell, also a Cape Girardeau Republican, filed last week for the 27th District Senate seat.

Crowell, who is in his fourth year as state representative, claimed the endorsements of several of his Republican colleagues whose House jurisdictions fall within the six-county territory of the Senate district. Those supporters include state Reps. Peter Myers of Sikeston, Lanie Black of Charleston, Rod Jetton of Marble Hill and Rob Mayer of Dexter. Mayer is also running for the Senate but from the 25th District.

Former state Rep. Pat Naeger of Perryville has also expressed interest in seeking the GOP nomination for the 27th District seat but hasn't yet filed for the August primary.