Scott Sanford this week received endorsements from State Representative Ken Paxton and pastors Trey Graham and Charlie Tuttle. Sanford is a candidate for the Texas House in the district including McKinney. He is vying for the seat held by Paxton who is running for State Senate. The endorsements add to the broad list of conservative Republican supporters that include numerous local and statewide names.
Pastor Trey Graham's recommendation led out the week on his "Smart Talk" radio program. Graham is pastor at First Baptist Church in Melissa. "I am pleased to announce my personal endorsement of Scott Sanford for Texas House District 70," said Graham. "Scott is a man of integrity and wisdom who will represent Collin County with biblical and conservative values."
Charlie Tuttle, pastor of Family Worship Center in McKinney echoed his support later in the week. ”I’ve decided to personally endorse Scott Sanford. I know Scott. He’s honest, credible & full of integrity. I trust Scott.” Tuttle's church is located in the heart of Stonebridge Ranch, central to the 70th House District. Tuttle and Sanford have been acquainted for almost a decade.
Senate-hopeful and current Rep. Ken Paxton capped off the week with his endorsement on Friday. The support was announced on Sanford's website, Facebook page and in a postcard received in area mailboxes over the weekend. Paxton followed on Saturday with a recorded phone call. "Scott is a committed conservative . . . I've known Scott and his wife, Shelly, since our days at Baylor and I know he'll represent Collin County well. Please vote today for Scott Sanford for State Rep," Paxton said in the call. As Sanford meets voters in the district, he frequently recalls a lunch conversation last fall where Paxton suggested he run for the seat. Paxton announced his run for the Senate in September 2011. Sanford's announcement followed in October.