Chris Russell, owner of a security and fire alarm company in the Dallas area, announced he is running for the open Texas District-12 Senate seat currently held by Jane Nelson. 

Other industry executives have endorsed his campaign, citing the need for responsible leadership. 

 “I have worked with Chris on multiple occasions on issues faced by our industry for 20-years,” said Stan Martin, executive director of Security Industry Alarm Coalition (SIAC). “He has the qualities of a great a leader, and seasoned negotiation skills. That is the type of person we need to support in government.”

Russell has served as president of the North Texas Alarm Association (NTAA), Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (TBFAA), and the National Electronic Security Alliance (NESA). Russell has also served as the chairman for the State Legislative Action Committee.

“It has been an honor to serve the burglar and fire alarm industry,” Russell said. “The lessons I have learned have motivated me to run for public office. It’s time to bring family, friends, and neighbors back together, and we can do that with open, honest, and dignified collaboration that isn’t divisive in tone.”

Kelly Ryan, president of the TBFAA, added, “Chris and I have served on the state board and state legislative PAC for more than a decade. In those years, I have found his experience and knowledge invaluable. Texas has good Senators, and I can count on Chris’ experience, energy, and high ethical standards to be an excellent addition. This is the individual who deserves our support.”

Adding to Russells’ industry endorsements is Michael Samulin, president of Intruder Alert Systems in San Antonio. 

“Being an effective legislator is not easy, and it takes someone who will not compromise their values when it comes to protecting the citizens of Texas, as well as protecting the business owners of Texas,” Samulin said. “With his leadership experience and legislative experience, Chris can walk in on day one and be an effective legislator for all Texans — something that is sorely needed in the Texas legislature.”