Independent announces candidacy for U.S. House

Sulphur Springs – Sulphur Springs resident Shane Shepard has announced his candidacy as an independent for Texas' 4th District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Sunday's announcement comes following a contested petition that was submitted in May, but as of early this month determined sufficient to allow for Shepard's name on the ballot. The petition was thought to have lacked the necessary votes, but upon a recount, determined legitimate.

The 30-year-old Shepard currently serves as Main Street/Community Development Director for the City of Winnsboro.

He received an Associate's Degree from Texarkana College and later a Bachelor's and Master's Degree from Texas A&M-Texarkana. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge in Winnsboro, a founding member of Winnsboro Kiwanis, working to develop what is to be known as the "Art Region of Texas" and has served on several local, regional, and state boards and planning committees. Though never activated, Shepard joined the Navy Reserves soon after September 11th and served through May of 2010.

Shepard can be contacted at, or 903.253.7993. More information is available at

In November, Shepard will challenge Ralph Hall (R-Rockwall), who is bidding for a 16th term as District 4 representative. The 86-year-old defeated five Republican challengers in the March Primary.

District 4 is made up of 16 counties in North Central and Northeast Texas.