Veteran soldier runs for state office

Thursday, May 29th 2008, 12:06 pm
By: News 9


An Oklahoma soldier who helped capture Saddam Hussein is running for office. Retired Lieutenant Colonel Steve Russell has announced he is running for the State Senate as a Republican. 

Russell said he believes his 21-year military career will make him a better public servant.

"I have witnessed first hand the creation of a new democracy. I have seen how the rest of the world views and I have developed a deeper appreciation for the things that make Oklahoma, and Oklahomans, special," Russell said.

Russell is running for Senate District 45 which includes parts of Oklahoma and Canadian counties. At least four other Republicans are also running for that open seat.