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Former North County Assistant Superintendent Mike Henderson has announced his candidacy for the 117th District of the Missouri House of Representatives.

The Desloge resident said he intends to file today in Jefferson City as a Republican candidate on the Aug. 2 primary ballot for the seat currently held by Rep. Linda Black, R-Park Hills, who is barred from seeking re-election due to term limits. Today is the last day to file for county and state offices.

Henderson served as a teacher, coach and administrator in public education for 31 years prior to retiring from the North County School District in July 2014.

He graduated in 1983 from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, and completed both his Master’s in Educational Administration (1993) and his Specialist Degree in Educational Administration (1995) at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau.

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Henderson has been married 33 years to his wife Cheri (née Shelton) who retired after 31 years of teaching in public education. The couple has two grown children — Amanda, 29, and Sean, 26, as well as a 3-year-old grandson named Charlie.

“As a teacher I taught government for over 10 years,” he said. “It was my job to teach students the process for a bill becoming a law. I had the responsibility to make sure each student passed their Missouri and U.S. Constitution tests.

“My time as an educator teaching government has given me a passion for the political process and the difference that lawmakers can make for the people they represent. Our elected representatives have a big responsibility to their constituents. I plan to take this responsibility very seriously. If elected, I will work as hard as possible to meet the needs of the people in the 117th District.”

As of Monday afternoon, Henderson will be running against Republican Mike Miller and Democrat Travis Barnes. Be watching for more details and features on Miller, Barnes and any other candidates who may file today. 

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Kevin Jenkins is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3614 or kjenkins@dailyjournalonline.com

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