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*{{bluedot}} [[Richard "Kinky" Friedman]] - Musician and rancher<ref> [http://www.kvue.com/news/state/Kinky-Friedman-announces-bid-for-Texas-AG-race-227755311.html ''KVUE,'' "Kinky Friedman announces bid in TX Ag race," October 14, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Richard "Kinky" Friedman]] - Musician and rancher<ref> [http://www.kvue.com/news/state/Kinky-Friedman-announces-bid-for-Texas-AG-race-227755311.html ''KVUE,'' "Kinky Friedman announces bid in TX Ag race," October 14, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Hogan]]<ref> [http://www.txdemocrats.org/blog/texas-democrats-running-for-office ''Texas Democrats,'' " Texas Democrats Running for Office,"  November 9, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Jim Hogan]]<ref> [http://www.txdemocrats.org/blog/texas-democrats-running-for-office ''Texas Democrats,'' " Texas Democrats Running for Office,"  November 9, 2013] </ref>
*{{yellowdot}} [[Rocky Palmquist]] - 2010 Bastrop County Commission Candidate<ref> [https://www.facebook.com/RockyPalmquist ''Facebook,'' " Rocky Palmquist," accessed September 16, 2013] </ref>
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*{{yellowdot}} [[Rocky Palmquist]] - 2010 Bastrop County Commission Candidate<ref> [https://www.facebook.com/RockyPalmquist ''Facebook,'' " Rocky Palmquist," accessed September 16, 2013] </ref><ref name=Lconvention/>
*{{yellowdot}} [[Rick Donaldson]]<ref name="politics1"/>
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*{{greendot}} [[Kenneth Kendrick]] - Former Manager of the Peanut Corporation of America<ref> [http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/former-pca-manager-running-for-texas-agriculture-commissioner/ ''Food Safety News,'' "Former PCA Manager Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner," December 4, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{greendot}} [[Kenneth Kendrick]] - Former Manager of the Peanut Corporation of America<ref> [http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2013/12/former-pca-manager-running-for-texas-agriculture-commissioner/ ''Food Safety News,'' "Former PCA Manager Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner," December 4, 2013] </ref>
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*{{reddot}} [[J. Allen Carnes]] - Mayor of Uvalde<ref> [http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/uvalde-mayor-j-allen-carnes-makes-bid-for-agriculture-commissioner-official.html/ ''Dallas Morning News,'' "Uvalde mayor, J. Allen Carnes, makes bid for agriculture commissioner official," September 5, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[J. Allen Carnes]] - Mayor of Uvalde<ref> [http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/uvalde-mayor-j-allen-carnes-makes-bid-for-agriculture-commissioner-official.html/ ''Dallas Morning News,'' "Uvalde mayor, J. Allen Carnes, makes bid for agriculture commissioner official," September 5, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Eric Opiela]] - Attorney, rancher and former State Republican Executive Director<ref> [http://quorumreport.com/quorum_report_daily_buzz_2013/eric_opiela_announces_run_for_agriculture_commissi_buzziid20582.html ''Quorum Report,'' "ERIC OPIELA ANNOUNCES RUN FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER," June 25, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Eric Opiela]] - Attorney, rancher and former State Republican Executive Director<ref> [http://quorumreport.com/quorum_report_daily_buzz_2013/eric_opiela_announces_run_for_agriculture_commissi_buzziid20582.html ''Quorum Report,'' "ERIC OPIELA ANNOUNCES RUN FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER," June 25, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Joe Cotton]]<ref>[http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G14/TX#CAG ''Green Papers,'' "Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 2014," accessed December 6, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{reddot}} [[Joe Cotton]]<ref>[http://www.thegreenpapers.com/G14/TX#CAG ''Green Papers,'' "Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 2014," accessed December 6, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, III]]<ref> [http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131209-candidates-for-statewide-offices-in-texas.ece ''Dallas Morning News,'' "Candidates for statewide offices in Texas," December 9, 2013] </ref>
 
*{{bluedot}} [[Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, III]]<ref> [http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/headlines/20131209-candidates-for-statewide-offices-in-texas.ece ''Dallas Morning News,'' "Candidates for statewide offices in Texas," December 9, 2013] </ref>
 
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*{{yellowdot}} [[Rick Donaldson]]<ref name="politics1"/><ref name=Lconvention/>
 
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===Withdrawn===
 
*{{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><ref> [http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14245/agriculture-commissioner-rep-brandon-creighton-r-quits-race-sid-miller-r-returns ''Burnt Orange Report,'' "Agriculture Commissioner: Rep. Brandon Creighton (R) Quits Race; Sid Miller (R) Returns," October 17, 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><ref> [http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/14245/agriculture-commissioner-rep-brandon-creighton-r-quits-race-sid-miller-r-returns ''Burnt Orange Report,'' "Agriculture Commissioner: Rep. Brandon Creighton (R) Quits Race; Sid Miller (R) Returns," October 17, 2013] </ref>

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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

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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?
Comptroller of Public Accounts Susan Combs
Susan Combs.jpg
2007 No[3]
Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson
Jerry Patterson.jpg
2003 Running for Lt. Governor[4]
Commissioner of Agriculture Todd Staples
Todd Staples.jpg
2003 Running for Lt. Governor[5]
Railroad Commission Barry Smitherman
Barry Smitherman.jpg
2011 Running for attorney general[6]


Key deadlines

Deadline Event
December 9, 2013 Filing deadline for candidates
March 4, 2014 Primary election
May 27, 2014 Primary run-off election
November 4, 2014 General election

Results

Primary results

Comptroller

Texas Comptroller Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGlenn Hegar 50% 610,493
Harvey Hilderbran 26% 317,703
Debra Medina 19.3% 235,699
Raul Torres 4.7% 57,240
Total Votes 1,221,135
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Land Commissioner

Texas Lands Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge P. Bush 73% 934,501
David Watts 27% 345,550
Total Votes 1,280,051
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Agriculture Commissioner

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
J. Allen Carnes 12.4% 147,599
Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Merritt 21% 248,568
Eric Opiela 17.4% 206,383
Green check mark transparent.pngSid Miller 34.6% 410,273
Joe Cotton 14.6% 173,380
Total Votes 1,186,203
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRichard "Kinky" Friedman 37.7% 184,971
Green check mark transparent.pngJim Hogan 38.8% 190,200
Hugh Asa Fitzsimons, III 23.5% 114,945
Total Votes 490,116
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.

Railroad Commissioner

Texas Railroad Commissioner Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Becky Berger 16.8% 197,791
Malachi Boyuls 10% 117,117
Green check mark transparent.pngWayne Christian 42.7% 501,789
Green check mark transparent.pngRyan Sitton 30.5% 358,817
Total Votes 1,175,514
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.
Texas Railroad Commissioner Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Brown 63.9% 297,873
Dale Henry 36.1% 168,108
Total Votes 465,981
Election Results Via:Texas Secretary of State.


Comptroller of Public Accounts

Current incumbent

Republican Party Susan Combs (Retiring)[3]

Candidates

Withdrew after primary

Lost primary

Duties

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[15]
  • 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.[16]
  • 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.[17]

Campaign ads

Polls

Primary

Texas Comptroller - Republican Primary
Poll Debra Medina Raul TorresGlenn HegarHarvey HilderbranDon't KnowMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
October 18-27, 2013
14%5%4%2%75%+/-5.021,200
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org
Texas Comptroller - Republican Primary
Poll Debra Medina Raul TorresGlenn HegarHarvey HilderbranMargin of ErrorSample Size
University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll
February 7-17, 2014
39%12%25%25%+/-5.37543
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Land Commissioner

Current incumbent

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

Candidates

Lost primary or at convention

Withdrawn

Duties

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 - Running for Texas Lieutenant Governor

Candidates

Lost primary or at convention

Withdrawn

Duties

The commissioner of agriculture performs specific duties in the following several different areas:[34]

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

Railroad Commissioner

Current incumbent

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

Candidates

Lost primary

Withdrawn

Duties

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

References

  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
  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. Burnt Orange Report, "Mike Collier, Democrat and Businessman, Steps Up for Texas Comptroller," August 23, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Politics1, "Texas," accessed November 12, 2013
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Green Party of Texas, "Press Release: 50 Candidates File to Run as Greens in Texas," December 10, 2013
  11. Texas Tribune, "Hilderbran Launches Campaign for Comptroller," August 20, 2013
  12. Texas Tribune, "Lobbyist: Efforts Afoot to Get Candidates to Drop Out," March 10, 2014
  13. Medina for Texas, "Campaign website," accessed July 24, 2013
  14. Rio Grande Guardian, "Torres: I am running for Texas Comptroller," May 29, 2013
  15. Taxes
  16. Education
  17. 2011 BRE
  18. KVIA, "Former mayor John Cook running for Texas Land Commissioner," September 2, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Independent Political Report, "Texas, Wisconsin Libertarian Conventions This Weekend," 4/11/2014
  20. KFYO, "Texas Land Commissioner Candidate David Watts Says Land Commissioner Needs An Executive, Not A Politician [AUDIO," July 25, 2013]
  21. 21.0 21.1 Texas Tribune, "Libertarian Kathie Glass Announces Bid for Governor," October 2, 2013
  22. News-Journal, "Former lawmaker ponders bid for state agriculture commissioner," July 26, 2013
  23. Miami Herald, "Fmr state Rep. Miller enters ag commissioner race," October 17, 2013
  24. KVUE, "Kinky Friedman announces bid in TX Ag race," October 14, 2013
  25. Texas Democrats, " Texas Democrats Running for Office," November 9, 2013
  26. Facebook, " Rocky Palmquist," accessed September 16, 2013
  27. Food Safety News, "Former PCA Manager Running for Texas Agriculture Commissioner," December 4, 2013
  28. Dallas Morning News, "Uvalde mayor, J. Allen Carnes, makes bid for agriculture commissioner official," September 5, 2013
  29. Quorum Report, "ERIC OPIELA ANNOUNCES RUN FOR AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER," June 25, 2013
  30. Green Papers, "Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 2014," accessed December 6, 2013
  31. Dallas Morning News, "Candidates for statewide offices in Texas," December 9, 2013
  32. Dallas Morning News, "Rep. Brandon Creighton Announces Bid for Agriculture Commissioner," August 9, 2013
  33. Burnt Orange Report, "Agriculture Commissioner: Rep. Brandon Creighton (R) Quits Race; Sid Miller (R) Returns," October 17, 2013
  34. Texas Department of Agriculture, "What does the TDA do?" accessed December 27, 2011
  35. Panola Watchman, "Wayne Christian to run for Texas Railroad Commission," September 13, 2013
  36. Texas GOP Vote, "Oilfield Engineer Ryan Sitton Enters Crowded Field in Race for Texas Railroad Commission," September 26, 2013
  37. Texas Tribune, "Steve Brown to Run for Railroad Commissioner," November 8, 2013
  38. Houston Chronicle, "Filing deadline today," December 9, 2013
  39. Texas Civil Justice League PAC, "Geologist Becky Berger To Seek Republican Nomination For Texas Railroad Commissioner," July 2, 2013
  40. My West Texas, "Railroad Commission candidate seeks supporters in Midland," June 26, 2013
  41. Dallas Morning News, "Texas Rep. Stefani Carter announces bid for Railroad Commissioner," July 8, 2013
  42. Dallas Morning News, "Stefani Carter drops bid for Railroad Commission," October 22, 2013
  43. Midlothian Mirror, "Keller announces bid for Texas Railroad Commission," July 31, 2013
  44. Guidry News, "Joe Pool for Texas Railroad Commissioner Campaign," July 21, 2013
  45. Billy for Agriculture Commissioner, "About Billy," accessed July 12, 2013