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*{{reddot}} [[Brandon Creighton]]<ref>[http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/rep-brandon-creighton-announces-bid-for-agriculture-commissioner.html/ ''Dallas Morning News,'' "Rep. Brandon Creighton Announces Bid for Agriculture Commissioner," August 9, 2013]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Brandon Creighton]] - State representative<ref>[http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/08/rep-brandon-creighton-announces-bid-for-agriculture-commissioner.html/ ''Dallas Morning News,'' "Rep. Brandon Creighton Announces Bid for Agriculture Commissioner," August 9, 2013]</ref>
*{{reddot}} [[Tommy Merritt]] - Former state representative<ref> [http://www.news-journal.com/news/local/former-lawmaker-ponders-bid-for-state-agriculture-commissioner/article_bb2a5ce7-ee7e-5dec-a922-be3b5925ce9a.html ''News-Journal,'' "Former lawmaker ponders bid for state agriculture commissioner," July 26, 2013] </ref>  
*{{graydot}} [[Billy Wayne Engle Jr.]]<ref> [http://billyforagriculturecommissioner.webs.com/ ''Billy for Agriculture Commissioner,'' "About Billy,"  accessed July 12, 2013] </ref>
*{{graydot}} [[Billy Wayne Engle Jr.]]<ref> [http://billyforagriculturecommissioner.webs.com/ ''Billy for Agriculture Commissioner,'' "About Billy,"  accessed July 12, 2013] </ref>

Revision as of 08:24, 4 September 2013


Texas Down Ballot State Executive Elections

Primary Date:
March 4, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

Texas State Executive Elections
Top Ballot
GovernorLt. GovernorAttorney General
Down Ballot
Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner

Table of contents
Land Commissioner
Agriculture Commissioner
Railroad Commissioner
Key deadlines
Recent news
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Four down ballot state executive positions are up for election in the state of Texas in 2014. The general election will be held on November 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]

Office Incumbent Assumed Office Incumbent running? General Election Candidates 2015 Winner Partisan Switch?
Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs
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2007 No[3] Republican Party Glenn Hegar
Democratic Party Mike Collier
Libertarian Party Ben Sanders
Green Party Deb Shafto
Republican Party Glenn Hegar No
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
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2003 Ran for Lieutenant Governor[4] Republican Party George P. Bush
Democratic Party John Cook
Libertarian Party Justin Knight
Green Party Ulises Cabrera
Republican Party George P. Bush No
Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples
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2003 Ran for Lieutenant Governor[5] Republican Party Sid Miller
Democratic Party Jim Hogan
Libertarian Party Rocky Palmquist
Green Party Kenneth Kendrick
Republican Party Sid Miller No
Railroad Commission Barry Smitherman
Barry Smitherman.jpg
2011 Running for attorney general[6] Republican Party Ryan Sitton
Democratic Party Steve Brown
Mark Miller
Martina Salinas
Republican Party Ryan Sitton No

Comptroller of Public Accounts

Current incumbent

Republican Party Susan Combs (Retiring)[3]



The Comptroller is responsible for overseeing the financial operations of the state. The office of Comptroller pays bills, writes checks, and manages the books for the multi-billion dollar business of Texas state government.

  • Taxes-The Texas Comptroller's office serves the state by collecting more than 60 separate taxes, fees and assessments [11]
  • Education-The Comptroller's office administers the state's 529 plans and promotes local economic growth by identifying and fostering work force development initiatives across the state. [12]
  • Revenue Estimates-The Comptrollers office produces the Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) before each session of the Texas Legislature. The report gives the Legislature a formal estimate of future available funds so that a budget may be made. The most recent BRE was published in 2011. [13]

Land Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Jerry Patterson - Retiring in 2014 to run for Lieutenant Governor of Texas[4]



1. Superintend, control, and direct the official conduct of subordinate officers of the land office
2. Execute and perform all acts relating to public real property of the state or rights of individuals in public real property which is required by law
3. Make and enforce suitable rules consistent with the law; and
4. Give information when required to the governor and the legislature relating to public real property and the land office.

Agriculture Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Todd Staples

Potential candidates


The commissioner of agriculture performs specific duties in the following several different areas:[18]

  • Consumer Protection
  • Production Agriculture
  • Healthy Living
  • Economic Development:

Railroad Commissioner

Current incumbent

Republican Party Barry Smitherman - Running for attorney general[6]


The Commission is responsible for overseeing and regulating the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas industry, and surface coal and uranium mining in the state of Texas.

See also


  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. 3.0 3.1 Reporternews.com, "Comptroller Combs will not run for any statewide office in 2014," May 29, 2013 (dead link)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 The Associated Press, "George P. Bush running for Texas land commissioner," March 12, 2013
  5. Dallas News, "Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples says next lieutenant governor should be new leader," July 11, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Texas Tribune, "Smitherman to Announce Run For Attorney General," June 24, 2013
  7. Community Impact Newspaper, "Glenn Hegar plans candidacy for state comptroller," June 5, 2013
  8. Texas Tribune, "Hilderbran Launches Campaign for Comptroller," August 20, 2013
  9. Medina for Texas, "Campaign website," accessed July 24, 2013
  10. Rio Grande Guardian, "Torres: I am running for Texas Comptroller," May 29, 2013
  11. Taxes
  12. Education
  13. 2011 BRE
  14. KFYO, "Texas Land Commissioner Candidate David Watts Says Land Commissioner Needs An Executive, Not A Politician [AUDIO," July 25, 2013]
  15. Dallas Morning News, "Rep. Brandon Creighton Announces Bid for Agriculture Commissioner," August 9, 2013
  16. News-Journal, "Former lawmaker ponders bid for state agriculture commissioner," July 26, 2013
  17. Billy for Agriculture Commissioner, "About Billy," accessed July 12, 2013
  18. Texas Department of Agriculture, "What does the TDA do?" accessed December 27, 2011