Former Air Force Fighter Pilot Scott O’Grady Announces Republican Primary Candidacy For Texas State Senate District 8

Poll shows O’Grady Running Ahead of State Rep Ken Paxton in Republican primary

Collin County – Upon news today that State Senator Florence Shapiro (R­Plano) will not seek reelection, former Unites States Air Force Captain Scott O’Grady said he will run for the District 8 State Senate seat which includes portions of Dallas and Collin counties. O’Grady was previously preparing for a State Representative bid, but will now formally launch his State Senate bid in October.

O’Grady is a former decorated Air Force fighter pilot whose F­16 jet was shot down by a Soviet made anti­aircraft missile behind enemy lines in Bosnia in 1995. He evaded capture by the Bosnian Serbs for six days and was rescued by a mission led by US Marines. O’Grady earned Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals and received the “Ronald Reagan Distinguished Service Award” for his valor in combat.

Today, O’Grady is a New York Times best selling author of two books (“Return With Honor” and “Basher Five­Two”), national lecturer, and a consultant for the outdoor survival industry. He is also a former national board member of the NRA and former director of the Texas Lyceum. He has a Bachelors Degree in Aeronautics from Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master Degree from Dallas Theological Seminary.

O’Grady has also been very active in Texas Republican politics as a State Republican convention delegate and as a Veteran’s advisor to Governor Perry, US Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn, and Congressman Ralph Hall. This past year, O’Grady served as Honorary Chairman of the Collin County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner.

O’Grady said “Senator Shapiro is a valued friend and role model. She has set the bar high with her distinguished career as a Republican leader in the State Senate. If elected to continue her work in the State Senate, I will call upon her as a valued mentor and advisor to serve our community and state.”

O’Grady’s campaign spokesperson, Keats Norfleet, also said recent polling in District 8 placed O’Grady’s candidacy ahead of State Rep Ken Paxton in the election for State Senate and that Paxton had a 1:1 positive to negative name ID among District 8 Republicans. Norfleet said the poll was conducted this past month among 400 Republican primary voters in District 8.

O’Grady’s campaign also said that former Dallas Cowboy Football Hall of Famer and successful North Texas Businessman Roger Staubach will be endorsing O’Grady’s State Senate campaign. Staubach served as a Co­Chair for Shapiro when she first ran for the seat. Staubach is joined by other noteworthy early endorsers including Dallas County Commissioner Maureen Dickey, former State Representative Bill Ceverha, Bobby Ray, Sam Roach, Trevor Rees­Jones, Jim Francis, Joe Colonnetta, Dean Castillo and David Dorman. Also, Collin County businessman, Charlie O’Reily will serve as campaign treasurer for the O’Grady campaign.

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