Jason Crowell, recently departed from the Missouri state senate, wrote to members of the 8th district congressional committee Wednesday, signaling he is officially jumping onto the list of those who will be considered to run as a Republican in a special election to replace the outgoing U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson.
See Crowell's letter below:
"Dear Committeewomen and Committeemen,
Thank you so very much for your service to our country, our state, our community and our party in this most important of times. Washington, D.C. is starved for common sense conservative principled leadership. Washington, D.C. is starved for leaders that will put principle above personal popularity. After significant prayer, reflection and discussion my wife, Casey and I have decided to enter the race to earn your trust, confidence and vote to be the next United States Congressman for the 8th district. I look forward to participating in the announced forums on January 10 in Salem and January 17 in Cape Girardeau. I look forward to the opportunity to visit with each of you about your priorities and vision for our district, as well as share with you my principles, beliefs and background.
Casey and I are asking for your trust, confidence and vote because we believe that life is a gift, a precious gift, given by God that has one affirmative obligation, a covenant we have with each other, and that is to do all we can to leave our community better than it was given to us. If you believe, like me, that we are failing in this regard and what is needed most are leaders who will stand up to the special interests, the establishment and President Obama when necessary, then Casey and I ask for your consideration.
I have attached a bio for your review. As you move forward in your process of evaluation, I invite you to review my record and would very much appreciate your calls and questions. I look forward to visiting with each of you and I thank you for your consideration.