Jerry Grady sets sights on state office
By: John Brannon Messenger Staff Reporter
By JOHN BRANNON
Messenger Staff Reporter
Obion County commissioner Jerry Grady revealed last week he’s ready to take his political career to a higher level. He wants to be your next state representative.
“I am preparing qualifying papers to file on or before April 3,” he said. “I will be a candidate for the Democratic nomination for state representative for District 77.”
District 77 is comprised of Obion and Lake counties and portions of Dyer County. By tossing his hat into the ring, Grady challenges the incumbent, state Rep. Phillip Pinion, who has held the post since 1988. Pinion is chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
Grady, 66, represents District 5. He was first elected in 1982 and served until 1994. He was out of office until 2002 when he ran again and won.
Grady is a 17-year veteran of service on the Obion County Budget Committee, where he has a reputation for penny-pinching.
“I am a conservative. After a lot of people called me, I gave this much thought,” he said. “I have made a decision to run. If elected state representative, I will continue to watch the people’s money.
“I’m not running against anybody. I’m running to serve the people of District 77.”
Published in The Messenger 22.27.08