Marshall Mayor Chris Paddie announced his candidacy for the Texas State House of Representatives in newly drawn District 9 on Monday.
Paddie is seeking the GOP nomination to be the new state representative for newly redrawn district, which now includes Cass, Marion, Harrison and Panola counties.
“I look forward to having the opportunity to take my strong conservative philosophy to the State Legislature,” said Paddie in his announcement. “My campaign to reach each and every voter begins today.”
Paddie included his record from being Marshall’s mayor and a city commissioner in his announcement which notes: “Paddie never raised taxes on city residents. He helped push and pass reforms that have kept the city fiscally sound despite the national recession. Paddie is both a strong fiscal and social conservative Republican.”
Paddie was asked about plans concerning the Marshall City Commission.
“I fully intend to honor the commitment that I made to the citizens of Marshall and serve out the remainder of my current term,” said Paddie in an email. “After researching the election laws and visiting with our city attorney, I was able to determine that there will not be a conflict.”
Paddie added that he anticipates continuing as mayor until the end of his term in May 2012.
“Even after I receive the Republican nomination in the March 2012 Primary, I will continue to serve as the Mayor of Marshall,” he said.
Paddie is the general manager of KMHT Radio, where he hosts a daily talk show. He is a stockholder and director of Hanszen Broadcast Group Inc., which operates KMHT in Marshall, KGAS Radio in Carthage and KPXI/KWRD in Henderson.
“Once it was determined that Harrison County would be added to House District 9, I started receiving lots of calls from friends and supporters, encouraging me to consider running,” he said. “The fact that Panola County will also be included in the new district, was a factor in my decision as well.”
Paddie is a graduate of Carthage High School and Texas A&M University. He and his wife, Brooke. have two sons, Christopher and Noah.
Paddie is also the former chairman of the Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce, and a former president of the Boys & Girls Club of the Big Pines, according to his announcement.
“As a graduate of Carthage High School, I have a lot of strong connections to my hometown,” he added. “I have been extremely encouraged by the overwhelming support that I have received from family and friends there.”