Grady announces candidacy for office
Obion County commissioner Jerry Grady has formally announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for state representative, House District 77, in the state primary election Aug. 7.
Grady, 66, is a 1958 graduate of the former Dixie High School.
He has completed seminars and workshops available through the State of Tennessee. A former employee of the Tennessee Department of Corrections, he has interests in farming and construction.
He is an avowed lifelong Democrat. “I am opposed to abortion except in certain circumstances and believe marriage should be between a man and a woman. I am pro-gun. I am an avid outdoorsman who respects the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution,” he said.
His experience in local government includes 17 years as a county commissioner and membership on the budget committee, the Reelfoot-Indian Creek Watershed board of directors and the Obion County Solid Waste Board.
“I have had the opportunity to work with the county commission and budget committee in developing and planning budget decisions,” he said. “I am a conservative when it comes to spending taxpayers’ monies. If elected, I will search for the most beneficial way to use your tax dollars. I will be a voice for the people. With the peoples’ input, I will push agendas that are in their best interests. I will not be a servant of a select few.
“I will not let lobbyists control my action or influence my decisions. Only the people I serve will influence my decisions.
“I have raised a family and I know the difficulty of trying to make ends meet. Many District 77 citizens can relate to this complicated task. When times are tough, governments should do as taxpayers have to do: cut spending instead of raising taxes.”
Grady, who is married to the former Peggy Owsley of Polk Station, is a member of Burress Chapel Church of Christ in Lake County.
“I will support programs for the development of northwest Tennessee — programs such as the River Port at Cates Landing, I-69 highway, Everett-Stewart Regional Airport and a new spillway-bridge complex at Reelfoot Lake,” Grady said.
“I will retain the right to be cautious in spending that directly takes away or affects the lives of the people I serve. The economy, jobs, education and infrastructure of District 77 will have my attention.
“I am not running against anyone. I am running to serve the people of District 77. I will be available at all times when the people need assistance.”
For more information, consult Grady’s Web site — jerry.w.grady.tripod.com or e-mail him at email@example.com.
“My phone number is 538-9203. My cell phone is 234-7788. I would like to hear from you,” he said.
Published in The Messenger 5.9.08