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Ferris running for Frederick Co. sheriff

July 06, 1998

FREDERICK, Md. - Edwin W. "Ned" Ferris has announced plans to run for the office of sheriff of Frederick County, Md.

Ferris, 39, a lifelong Republican, is a Walkersville, Md., resident.

He said he plans to make school safety the No. 1 priority during his administration, if elected.

"Parents are worried about the safety of their children in light of increasing violence in our schools, as well as the presence of weapons and illegal drugs on school property," Ferris said. "We have to do more to make our Frederick County schools safe. Teachers have enough to do without having to concern themselves with children involved in criminal activity."

A certified law enforcement officer and former Montgomery County (Md.) policeman, Ferris is in his seventh year as a traffic safety instructor at Frederick Community College, where he teaches driver education and other related classes. He holds numerous certifications through the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration as a licensed instructor.

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He also works part time at the Frederick County Emergency Communication Center, formerly known as Central Alarm.

Ferris served the Frederick County Sheriff's Office for four years, both in uniformed and nonuniformed capacities.

He holds a bachelor of arts degree in communications from Bethany College in Bethany, W.Va., and worked extensively in management, business and the media prior to his involvement in law enforcement.

The primary election is Sept. 15 and the general election is Nov. 3.

"I plan to work very closely with citizens, businesspersons and school officials to improve the quality of life in Frederick County. I have published a 'Commitment to the Community,' in which I detail the specific actions I will take as sheriff. The sheriff's office will work in partnership with the community to maintain and improve the quality of life we enjoy as residents of Frederick County," Ferris said.

Ferris is married and has two children. His wife Sue is a project manager with Norwest Mortgage Inc. of Frederick. Their son, Neddy, is 7, and daughter Holly is 6 months old.

He and his family are active in the Walkersville United Methodist Church.

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