| Hugh Fitzsimons has a strong background in agriculture and a passion for the issues facing Texans. We enthusiastically endorse him for election in the Agriculture Commissioner's race.
Hugh Fitzsimons is a San Antonio native and third-generation rancher, which has given him the valuable experience on agricultural issues needed to be an effective Agriculture Commissioner.
Fitzsimons has said that advocating for effective water conservation policies is one of his top priorities--and he knows water well. He is currently a member of the Wintergarden Groundwater Conservation District, and testified at a Climate Change Forum held by Congressional Democrats in 2014. Fitzsimons' testimony focused on how fracking important groundwater resources, and one of his proposals now is to improve water recycling for fracking operations.
Fitzsimons also proposed a plan to improve the nutrition of public school lunches by connecting to local produce growers. School lunch and breakfast programs are run by the Texas Department of Agriculture. Fitzsimons' position on school lunches is yet another example of how he is familiar with the issues the Agriculture Commissioner will face, and is serious about making changes that will help Texas children.
Fitzsimons' most recognizable opponent is humorist, musician, and perennial candidate Kinky Friedman, who has absolutely no agricultural experience and is running on a platform of marijuana legalization. While it may be tempting to vote for him on name recognition alone, he is not a serious candidate who offers anything worthwhile for the office of Ag Commissioner. Plus, his record as a Democrat is iffy at best--he endorsed Rick Perry for President in 2011 and has a history of repeatedly using the n-word in his jokes.
Hugh Fitzsimons is the clear choice in this race. He has the knowledge, experience, and dedication to represent Texans' best interests. We enthusiastically and unanimously endorse him for Agriculture Commissioner.
Early Voting: February 18-February 28, 2014 | Election Day: Tuesday March 4
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Endorsements are made based on a weighted consensus of the staff, which guides the type and tone of endorsement. Members of the Burnt Orange Report staff with any conflict of interest in a given race abstain from voting on that race.