Grayson County native Gene Short spent 24 years serving Grayson County as one of its longest-tenured servants in a county commissioner’s position. He recently announced his candidacy for the office of Grayson County judge. Short said he did so hoping to continue his dedicated work as a proven fiscal and social conservative in local government.

Grayson County native Gene Short spent 24 years serving Grayson County as one of its longest-tenured servants in a county commissioner’s position. He recently announced his candidacy for the office of Grayson County judge. Short said he did so hoping to continue his dedicated work as a proven fiscal and social conservative in local government.


He added, in a prepared statement, that Grayson County residents need a strong, experienced hand in these changing times.


In the quarter-century that Gene Short served Grayson County, proponents called him a watchdog for local taxpayers, a strong advocate for law enforcement and a successful leader in economic development.


He was among the first to bring rural addressing to Grayson County, gathering neighbors across the region closer together and offering support for those off the beaten path. The specific addresses for rural households helped first responders provide swift help in times of need.


Short has experience working with leaders from all the Grayson County cities, small and large, especially as a member of the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization for 20 years.


As difficult issues regarding Grayson County transportation and infrastructure were solved through the MPO, Short said he showed how working together could help local entities reap great rewards.


Short led the effort to establish a countywide homestead exemption for Grayson taxpayers, to the tune of 20 percent, which saves locals millions of dollars on their annual homesteaded property taxes.


He worked to significantly raise Grayson County deputies’ wages to bring them more in line with the arduous and vital role they play in the safety and well-being of Grayson County residents.


Short worked to bring millions of dollars in federal and state funding for local highways and bridges, eventually shepherding the expansion of Highway 289 north to Lake Texoma. In fact, the Texas Department of Transportation awarded him its prestigious "Road Hand Award" during the State Highway 289 groundbreaking ceremonies, after Short helped the thoroughfare project come in millions of dollars under budget.


Going forward in the election of a new Grayson County judge this spring, Short said he vows to commit to the principles of limited government, low taxes, strong law enforcement and a concise plan for growth in Grayson County’s infrastructure while protecting its quality of life.