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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, October 7 - 13: Mike Collier and Kinky Friedman Join Dem Slate


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Oct 14, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT


The theory was, once Sen. Wendy Davis (D) announced she was running for governor, other Democrats would quickly announce to join her on the statewide ticket. While Sen. Van de Putte (D) continues to weigh her options, two others have made their bids official. One is a new face and the other is a running gag.

Mike Collier (D) posted directly on Burnt Orange Report last week to announce his candidacy for Texas Comptroller. Mr. Collier is a former CFO who has pledged to be a watchdog for our finances and will work to end the political circus that has overshadowed the Comptroller's office over the last few years. The best person to tell Mike Collier's story is Mike; I encourage everyone to watch his introductory video. Four Republicans are currently running for Comptroller: Sen. Glenn Hegar, Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, Fmr. Rep. Raul Torres, and Debra Medina. Incumbent Susan Combs (R) is retiring.

Comedian Kinky Friedman will run for Agriculture Commissioner as a Democrat, again. He ran in 2010 for the same position as a Democrat, losing in the primary. No other candidate has declared to date.

One Senator confirmed they would run for re-election and close to a dozen new candidates made themselves known in the last week. Click after the jump to find out who!

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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, Sept. 30 - Oct. 6: Wendy Davis (D) Announces for Governor


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Oct 07, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT


After months of speculation, hope, and dreams, last week Texas Democrats landed their first candidate for Governor and it's their ideal candidate.

On Thursday, Senator Wendy Davis (D) announced she would seek the office of Governor of the great state of Texas. While her announcement could not be described as a surprise, it was certainly exciting! If you were unable to attend last Thursday's event, please catch up by reading Burnt Orange Report's liveblog of the announcement. However, with Sen. Davis running for Governor, this means there is no longer a Democrat running in Tarrant County's Senate District 10. Hopefully, a strong recruit will emerge to try and retain the seat for the Democrats.

Sen. Davis was not the only person to announce for Governor last week. Several Libertarian candidates for statewide offices emerged, including 2010 nominee Kathy Glass (L) who said she would once more seek the office of Governor. Ms. Glass will be joining Gene Chapman (L) in the race for the Libertarian party's nomination. Two other Libertarians also announced for Lieutenant Governor: Journalist Brandon de Hoyos (L) and businessman Ed Kless (L). Rounding out the Libertarian Party's roll out is Lago Vista City Council Member Ed Tidwell (L) for Land Commissioner and businessman Mark Miller (L) who will run for Railroad Commissioner.

Major retirements hit both chambers of the Texas Legislature last week. Click below the jump to see who is leaving and who else will be running in 2014!

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BOR Elections Weekly Round Up, September 12 - 22: Sen. Davis Sets a Date, Rep. Lewis Retires


by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Sep 23, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT


Welcome to our first weekly round up of election news in the state of Texas! It has been a big week, with the launch of our candidate trackers. Burnt Orange Report is currently watching 223 of the partisan races that will appear on the November 2014 general election ballots throughout the state of Texas. Every Monday morning, this column will recap all the changes made to our elections charts and other significant elections news we covered in the previous week.

The big news last week: Sen. Wendy Davis announced October 3rd will be the date when we find out what office she will seek in 2014. Previously, Sen. Davis had said she had limited her options to Governor or re-election to the Texas Senate. In ten short days, we will finally know!

On Friday afternoon, State Rep. Tryon Lewis (R-Odessa) announced he would retire from the Texas House at the end of his current term. Rep. Lewis will have only served three terms in the Texas House and currently serves as the Chair of the House Committee on Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence. Before his election in 2008, Rep. Lewis was a State District Judge for over twenty years. This means, House District 81, where President Obama got 24.18% in 2014, will be open in next year's general election.

Click after the jump to see the 44 other changes made on the ratings charts this week, including the 23 lawmakers Burnt Orange Report confirmed are seeking re-election in 2014.

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State Rep. Brandon Creighton (R) Announces for Agriculture Commissioner, Lacks a Platform


by: Joseph Vogas

Fri Aug 09, 2013 at 05:00 PM CDT


Early Friday afternoon at Ransom's Steak House in Montgomery, Texas State Rep. Brandon Creighton formally announced he would be running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner in 2014. In announcing, Rep. Creighton copied the talking points of every Texas Republican, claiming

Never before [has Texas ranchers] had to deal with the kind overreaching federal government that we have in Washington today."

Rep. Creighton continued to speak as a fake populist, and went on to say he would fight for Texas and stand up to protect Texans and their way of life from President Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency. However, when pressed for any specifics or details of what his agenda may be as Agriculture Commissioner, Rep. Creighton's website leaves voters in the dark. His entire stated position on the critical issue of water makes it clear that Rep. Creighton has no agenda or plan:

Brandon will also continue to work with Texas policymakers to provide the long-term water supply our state needs to remain a dominant economy throughout the 21st century. He will remain a proud champion for tradition Texas values."

Rep. Creighton's issues page also provides brief statements about how he supports Texas-grown products and property rights.

Click below the jump to read more about how little Rep. Creighton knows about Agriculture Commissioner and how the race for Agriculture Commissioner stands today.

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