Ferlo on Dowd seat

Published by James O'Toole on .

State Sen. Jim Ferlo shrugs off speculation that he may be interested in returning to city council -- but with a less than Shermanesque statement.

While the council seat's borders have changed with subsequent redistricting, the liberal state senator and Ravenstahl ally represented many of these neighborhoods during his long career on city council. Legislative redistricting, meanwhile, has not been kind to him or any other Democrat hoping to retain his current seat in the Senate. Asked if he were interested in the soon-to-be-vacated Patrick Dowd seat, he emailed this response:

"my immediate priorities and responsibilities are with state budget, state store debate, Medicare expansion etc. and work needing to be accomplished before June 30th....several folks who I respect and are deserving and could support will be weighing their options and opportunities....I have rec'd many supportive comments from community leaders and business folks because of my Senate and URA initiatives, but quite frankly not ready yet to suit up and get on the field---I have not yet had a chance to speak to Councilman Dowd or Councilman/Democratic nominee Bill Peduto

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