About Russell

Texas Bred!

 I was born in Sherman, Texas. I was raised in the Church of Christ, with a father that was a deacon and a grandfather that was an elder in our local Sherman church. I have worked and lived in this community my entire life and want to do my best to help all of North East Texas flourish!

Strong Work Ethic!

When I was 10 years old my father, who owned a garage door company at the time, started taking me along with him when he went and installed garage doors.  I worked with him every weekend during school and daily during the summer. It paid $20 a door for doing it. It was great job and hard work. 

My other work influence was my uncle David. He was a computer repairman in the 1990s for a local company and would always bring his work home with him. He showed me how to put computers together and started my love for programming websites and computers. 

He allowed me to use his computers, modem, phone line, and internet account to start programming websites and truly got me in the door for my future.

I am an IT guy for the last 27 years, started right out of high school building web pages for outdoor websites and the first ever outdoor hosting/search engine around called ImOutdoors.com. We also created the fantasy fishing game that ESPN Outdoors used since 2000, and was the official search engine for ESPN outdoors during my time at the company.

In 2002 I left the company and went to work for West Asset Management as a lead developer for the collection agency.  I worked that job for 3 years before deciding to get out of the programming arena and start working on hardware. So I know the ins and outs of the collection world and can help with regulating it better.  

I later went to work for Whitesboro ISD for a year and then onto Texoma Medical Center in Denison TX in the IT Department for the last 11 years, which has led me to a new perspective on healthcare and what we need to do to fix it.

Strong Family Background and Love for Community!

I come from a family of teachers. My mother was a teacher for 24 years with Sherman ISD and retired. Dad has been with Sherman ISD for the last 18 years, and have two Aunts that are teachers as well. My father also taught Judo for decades all over the Grayson County area. This has given me a great love for helping others and go out of my way to do so. I love spending time with them and my 3 brothers and their families that they have created for themselves in our great local community. 

What's Unique about me!

 What's unique about me and my platform is I have a rare lung condition called Alpha 1. I am left with around 64% lung capacity currently, and I receive IV infusions weekly to manage the issue. This has led me to learn more about healthcare, insurance, and what it is like with and without it in such a situation. My medicines alone are $15,000 a month, and another $1,200 a month is used for the weekly infusions. This is outrageous and without insurance and a decent job, I could be dead right now. That isn't right! No one should be denied healthcare or become bankrupt because of insurance or lack of it. We need a better system in place and standards for pricing from person to person. 

Honestly because of this condition it has made me rethink my entire life and how I want to work to make this country and our district better with what time I have! That's why I started this race, to make a difference and for those of us without a true voice in congress to finally have a voice! It's time to make a change, and I really want to help.