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Filing deadline report: 54 candidates file for seven statewide positions in Texas Dec 10, 2013


By Greg Janetka

AUSTIN, Texas: Seven state executive positions are up for election in 2014 in the state of Texas: governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner.

The primary election is scheduled for March 4, 2014. Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[1][2] Libertarian candidates will be determined during the party's convention on April 12, 2014.[3]

One incumbent - Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) is seeking re-election. Two incumbents - Gov. Rick Perry (R) and Comptroller Susan Combs (R) - are retiring. The remaining four are seeking election to a different statewide office:

Yesterday, December 9, the filing period for major party primary candidates came to a close.[4] The following list of candidates is current as of December 10, 2013.

A total of 54 candidates filed for the 7 offices - 26 Republicans, 11 Democrats, 16 Libertarians and 1 Green Party.


Lt. Governor

Attorney general


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Agriculture Commissioner

Railroad Commissioner

  1. Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 2, 2014
  2. Texas Statutes, "Section 172.086," accessed January 3, 2014
  3. Libertarian Party of Texas, "2014 November general election," accessed December 10, 2013
  4. Texas Secretary of State, "Important 2014 Primary Election Dates," accessed December 9, 2013
  5. Washington Post, "Wendy Davis announces run for Texas governor," October 3, 2013
  6. Star-Telegram, "2014 campaign now off and running in Texas," November 9, 2013
  7. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012 (dead link)
  8. National Journal, "Report: Abbott to run for Texas governor," January 11, 2013
  9. Houston Chronicle, "AG Abbott formally kicks off gubernatorial bid," July 14, 2013
  10. My San Antonio, "Secession succeeds — as a talking point," November 24, 2012
  11. Valley Morning Star, "Miriam Martinez says she’ll run for governor," January 22, 2013
  12. Dallas Morning News, "Tea party activist jumps into GOP contest for governor in Texas," October 8, 2013
  13. Dalhart Texan, "Chapman for Governor," July 2013
  14. Statesman, "Year of the Women? Will Greg Abbott face Wendy Davis, Kathie Glass and Debra Medina in 2014?," October 1, 2013
  15. Examiner, "Lee Wrights announces for Libertarian governor in Grapevine," October 31, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Libertarian Party of Texas, " 2014 Texas statewide offices," Accessed December 10, 2013
  17. The Texas Tribune, "Dewhurst plans to run for re-election," August 28, 2012
  18. Associated Press, "Dad: George P. Bush eyeing Texas land commissioner," November 14, 2012 (dead link)
  19. California Secretary of State, "Campaign Finance:Statement of Intention," accessed November 27, 2012
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  21. Burnt Orange Report, "Sen. Leticia Van de Putte (D) Considering Run for Lieutenant Governor," September 10, 2013
  22. My San Antonio, "Van de Putte joins 2014 race for lieutenant governor," November 23, 2013
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 Texas Tribune, "Libertarian Kathie Glass Announces Bid for Governor," October 2, 2013
  24. Texas Tribune, "Smitherman to Announce Run For Attorney General," June 24, 2013
  25. Austin Statesman, "Branch announces candidacy for attorney general," July 23, 2013
  26. The Texas Tribune, "Ken Paxton Announces Bid for Attorney General," August 1, 2013
  27. Houston Chronicle, "Democrat announces bid for Attorney General," October 17, 2013
  28. KENS5, "Libertarian Kathie Glass announces bid for Texas governor," October 2, 2013
  29. Community Impact Newspaper, "Glenn Hegar plans candidacy for state comptroller," June 5, 2013
  30. Texas Tribune, "Hilderbran Launches Campaign for Comptroller," August 20, 2013
  31. Medina for Texas, "Campaign website," accessed July 24, 2013
  32. Rio Grande Guardian, "Torres: I am running for Texas Comptroller," May 29, 2013
  33. Burnt Orange Report, "Mike Collier, Democrat and Businessman, Steps Up for Texas Comptroller," August 23, 2013
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Politics1, "Texas," accessed November 12, 2013
  35. The Associated Press, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
  36. KFYO, "Texas Land Commissioner Candidate David Watts Says Land Commissioner Needs An Executive, Not A Politician (AUDIO)," July 25, 2013
  37. KVIA, "Former mayor John Cook running for Texas Land Commissioner," September 2, 2013
  38. Dallas Morning News, "Uvalde mayor, J. Allen Carnes, makes bid for agriculture commissioner official," September 5, 2013
  39. News-Journal, "Former lawmaker ponders bid for state agriculture commissioner," July 26, 2013
  41. Miami Herald, "Fmr state Rep. Miller enters ag commissioner race," October 17, 2013 (dead link)
  42. Green Papers, "Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 2014," accessed December 6, 2013
  43. KVUE, "Kinky Friedman announces bid in TX Ag race," October 14, 2013 (dead link)
  44. Texas Democrats, " Texas Democrats Running for Office," November 9, 2013
  45. Dallas Morning News, "Candidates for statewide offices in Texas," December 9, 2013
  46. Facebook, " Rocky Palmquist," accessed September 16, 2013
  47. Food Safety News, "Former PCA Manager Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner," December 4, 2013
  48. Texas Civil Justice League PAC, "Geologist Becky Berger To Seek Republican Nomination For Texas Railroad Commissioner," July 2, 2013
  49. My West Texas, "Railroad Commission candidate seeks supporters in Midland," June 26, 2013
  50. Panola Watchman, "Wayne Christian to run for Texas Railroad Commission," September 13, 2013
  51. Texas GOP Vote, "Oilfield Engineer Ryan Sitton Enters Crowded Field in Race for Texas Railroad Commission," September 26, 2013
  52. Texas Tribune, "Steve Brown to Run for Railroad Commissioner," November 8, 2013
  53. Houston Chronicle, "Filing deadline today," December 9, 2013
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