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Paxton, O’Grady to run for Shapiro senate seat

Texas State Representative Ken Paxton announced his candidacy for the Texas State Senate on September 20, 2011.
Texas State Representative Ken Paxton announced his candidacy for the Texas State Senate on September 20, 2011.official photo

Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) said Tuesday that he will run for State Senator Florence Shapiro’s seat, and released a list of more than 850 key endorsements from Dallas and Collin Counties. Sen. Shapiro, one of the state’s leading education policy makers, announced Monday that she will not seek re-election in 2012.

“I’m running because I believe it is my responsibility to reduce the size and scope of government and to protect individual freedom for all Texans”, Paxton said. “The key to increasing our freedoms in society is to minimize the role of government. We must control government spending to reduce the burden on our citizens”.

Paxton, who unsuccessfully ran for Texas House Speaker, is serving his fourth term as the State Representative for district 70, which consists of Frisco, Allen, McKinney, Prosper and Celina.

But Paxton is not the only one with an eye on Shapiro’s Senate seat. Monday former Air Force fighter pilot Scott O’Grady, a republican, also announced his candidacy. O’Grady was previously preparing for a State Representative bid, but will now formally launch his State Senate bid in October

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