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Ward gets endorsement of Democratic Party

State Rep. Dan Ward, D-Bonne Terre, got an early leg up in the upcoming State Senate 3rd District seat race. Even though the election isn’t until Nov. 2004, the St. Francois County Democratic Club Inc. endorsed Ward on Thursday for the upcoming election.

Ward was originally elected to the 107th House District seat in 1998 and due to term limits would not be able to run for re-election in 2006.

While serving the 107th House District Ward has been on several committees including the Financial Services Committee, the Appropriations – Public Safety and Corrections Committee, the Conservation and Natural Resources Committee, the Corrections and State Institutions Committee, and the Joint Committee on Corrections Committee.

The 3rd District seat opened up because of redistricting after the 1992 election and the expiration of the late former State Sen. Danny Staples’ term.

Ward announced that he will run for the Senatorial 3rd District seat in early July.

“It’s nice to get a vote of confidence,” Ward said. “We are going to be out there for the next 14 months talking with voters. Hopefully the other counties in the district will agree with St. Francois County. Hopefully we will get a lot more support early. I have been working hard to help my constituents in my House district and I will continue that if I get elected to the Senate district. We are looking at anywhere between 57 percent to 60 percent Democratic voting in the district.”

Earlier this month State Rep. Kevin Engler, R-Farmington, also formed a committee to explore the idea of a possible run for the State Senate 3rd District seat. Engler was elected to the 106th House District seat in 2002 and is in his first term in office.

Filing for the office is to begin July 13, 2004 and will close Aug. 17, 2004.

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