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Poor announces run for circuit judge

Jerel Poor II of Bloomsdale has announced he will be a Republican candidate for 24th Circuit Court Judge Division I for the counties of St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Washington and Madison. The seat is held by Circuit Court Judge Sandy Martinez.

Poor, who was born in St. Louis and grew up in Oakville, graduated from Mehlville High School. He works for a medical supply company and has his own real estate investment firm. He lives in Ste. Genevieve County because of his love for horses.

“I’ve been a contracted attorney and worked on matters for such firms as Bryan Cave, Bank of America and Aetna,” he said. “I started my legal career as a solo attorney and in law school I did my internship with the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.”

Poor received his Bachelor of Arts degree and Master of Business Administration from Lindenwood University. He received his Juris Doctor from Saint Louis University School of Law. Poor is also an Eagle Scout.

When asked why he is running for the judgeship, Poor said, “I decided to run for 24th Circuit Court Judge because I want to better serve my community and I believe that I’d have the greatest impact as judge.

“One of my professors in law school and retired Missouri Supreme Court Judge, Judge Wolff, introduced me to the idea of what it’s like to be a judge at Saint Louis University and it really stuck with me after all these years.

“I believe that I now have all the tools to be a great judge and I’m looking forward to serving the people of the 24th Circuit if they decide to elect me in November.”



Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or

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