| As some of these candidates file or follow through (or not) with their stated intentions to run for Railroad Commission, here's a quick post pointing out where to find more information on the Democratic candidates seeking the nomination. There are 3 members of the commission, all Republican, and this year's incumbent is Michael Williams who will likely be the Republican nominee.
Note: We are aware that there may yet be other candidates that enter the race. There are rumors of a candidate concerned about global warming who may be willing to self-finance but those rumors are not the freshest and there are only 2 weeks left in the filing period.
Today, December 18th, Dale Henry filed to official run for Railroad Commissioner while launching his new campaign website listed below. He was the Democratic nominee in 2006 against Elizabeth Ames Jones where he received 41.7%. In 2004, he ran in the Republican primary against incumbent Victor Carrillo receiving 14%. He will have the distinction of being the only candidate to have faced all 3 Republican Railroad Commissioners. He also has more than four decades of hands-on experience in the oil and gas industry. You can watch his speech at the 2006 TDP state convention here.
Art Hall, who has announced his intention to run for this office for some time as well, is a recently term-limited out African-American City Council member from San Antonio, representing District 8. He won the Republican leaning seat in 2003 by 50 votes in a runoff after placing second in the first round (also by 50 votes coincidentally). In 2001, he had run for Mayor of San Antonio, garnering 8.8% to place 3rd in a field of 11 candidates (when Ed Garza was elected). Hall is an attorney and investment banker and currently serves as Vice President of Popular Securities, the investment banking subsidiary of Banco Popular. He is also a partner in two private equity funds totaling $6.5 million, farming 30,000 acres of corn, soybean, and cotton in Brazil (Bahia), and his new venture is constructing a $50 million biodiesel plant in Brazil.
Carrillo, who is not related to Texas Rail road Commissioner Victor Carrillo, works for American Airlines as an aircraft technician. He has previously served on the Pon der Planning and Zoning Commission as a commissioner and as chairman. Along with his work with the city of Pon der, Jesus Carrillo has worked in the petroleum and utility industries, which he said offers him a unique perspective on the fuel industry.
On the Web: Press Release on WhosPlayin