Texas 2018 General Elections and Candidates
Mid-term elections are upon us again and with it several of the state offices are up for grabs. Below you will find out more about the offices and who is on the ballot.
Primary elections were held on March 6th, 2018 and run-offs will be held on May 22nd with early voting taking place May 14th through May 22nd. Libertarian and Green Party candidates are elected via a nominating convention.
The election day is November 6th.
Current Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Texas Gubernatorial Election
The Governor is the head of the executive branch in the state government including the state military. The governor can approve or veto legislation and pardon in instances other than treason. The office has a 4 year term and comes with the salary of $150,000.
Here is a link to the official governor's website.
The incumbent governor,Greg Abbott has won the Republican Primary with 90.4% of the vote.
Perennial secessionist candidate and veteran, Larry Kilgore and Barbara Krueger lost the Primary.
Former Balch Spring mayor, veteran, teacher, and peace officer Cedric Davis; businessman and audio-video Technician, Joe Mumbach; financial analyst, Adrian Ocegueda; businessman, Jeffrey Payne; hospice chaplain, minister, and businessman, Tom Wakely; and retired educator and perennial candidate, Grady Yarbrough lost the Democratic Primary.
Activist, Janis Richards
Army Veteran, Byron Bradford
Businessman, Danny Harrison
Former state Senate and gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis; former Houston Mayor Annise Parker; and U.S. representative Joaquin Castro were rumored to be considering running as Democratic candidates but did not run.
Who will win the Texas Governor Race?
Texas Lieutenant Gubernatorial Election
The Lieutenant Governor is the second-highest state government executive office after the Governor. The lieutenant governor is the President of the Texas Senate and the Legislative Budget Board. Also in the event the governor is unable to perform duties, the Lieutenant Governor would assume duties. The office has a 4 year term.
Here is a link to the official Lieutenant Governor's website.
Incumbent Republican Dan Patrick has won the Republican Primary with 76% for the vote.
Businessman, Scott Milder, has lost the Primary and endorsed Dan Patrick's Democratic Challenger Mike Collier.
Mike Collier, with a Finance background at PriceWaterhouseCooper, Exxon, and others, has won the Democratic Primary with 52.4% of the vote.
Pastor/manager, Michael Cooper lost the nomination.
Navy reserve, county chair of Hale County Kerry McKennon will be the Libertarian candidate.
Jamar Osborne is seeking the Green Party nomination. He also filed for the Libertarian nomination as well.
Texas Attorney General Election
The Attorney General is the chief legal and law enforcement officer of the State of Texas. Their duties are to defend the laws and Texas Constitution as well as represent the state in litigation and approved public bond issues. The official Attorney General website can be found here.
Incumbent Republican Ken Paxton will run unopposed for the Republican ticket.
Court clerk/lawyer, Justin Nelson will run unopposed for the Democratic ticket.
Attorney, Michael Ray Harris will run unopposed for the Libertarian ticket.
The Texas Comptroller's office is responsible for state tax collection from the sales tax. They are responsible for treasurer functions like informing the Texas Legislature of the available balance as well as projected revenues. The Comptroller's office also operates various college tuition funds. The office has a 4 year term.
Here is a link to the official Comptroller's website.
Incumbent Republican Glenn Hegar will run unopposed.
Entrepreneur, Joi Chevalier has won the Democratic primary with 51.9% of the vote.
Attorney and ACC board member, Tim Mahoney lost the democratic nomination.
Consultant, Ben Sanders is seeking the Libertarian nomination.
Texas County Map
Texas Land Commissioner
The General Land Office is responsible for managing land and mineral rights for properties owned by the state along with the associated records for land grants, titles, and surveys. This is done by enforcing and negotiating leases for land use as well as occasionally making sales of public land. Money made through the sales and leases of land are added to the state's Permanent School Fund. This fund is used for primary and secondary education in Texas.
Here is a link to the Texas General Land Office website.
Incumbent commissioner George P. Bush has won the Republican Primary with 58.2% of the vote.
Texas and Oklahoma professional land surveyor Davey Edwards; Jerry Patterson and Rick Range lost the Republican Primary.
Attorney Miguel Suazo has won the Democratic nomination with 70% of the votes.
VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority board member Tex Morgan lost the primary.
Matt Piña is running unopposed for the Libertarian ticket.
Commissioner of Agriculture
The commissioner is over the Texas Department of Agriculture(TDA). The TDA is responsible for the promotion/regulation of various functions in regards to production agriculture, consumer protections, agricultural economic development, and promotion of healthy living. As this is a broad range of functions, below is some additional information on the department.
Consumer protections range from regulation of metering/weighing systems at the gas pump and grocery stores to regulating pesticide use and certification of organically-produced products. For Production Agriculture, functions range from providing financial assistance to farmers and assistance in trade and marketing efforts of crops. For Healthy Living, they are also responsible for administering the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs and state led feeding the hungry initiatives. For Economic Development, they are responsible for infrastructure grants in rural communities, providing business tools, and even administration of the Certified Retirement Community Program. The term is four years.
The official website office website can be found here.
The incumbent Republican Commissioner Sid Miller won the Republican nomination with 55.8% of the vote.
Lobbyist Trey Blocker and dairy farmer and 2014 Democratic candidate Jim Hogan lost the nomination.
Kim Olson, a retired Air Force Colonel and former Independent School District Board of Trustees member, is running unopposed.
Richard Carpenter is running unopposed for the Libertarian ticket.
Somewhat surprising to me; there is no Green Party Agriculture Commissioner candidate.
The Texas Railroad Commission is responsible for regulating the state oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, coal mining, and uranium mining. The term length is 6 years. Despite the name, railroads are not managed by the Texas Railroad Commission. They are managed by the Texas Department of Transportation(TXDOT), an executive agency under the governor.
The official office website can be found here.
Current incumbent Commissioner Christi Craddick has won the Republican nomination with 75.8% of the vote.
Former Real Estate Commission and current REC member, Weston Martinez lost the Republican nomination.
Roman McAllen, Denton preservation officer, has won the nomination with 58.5% of the vote.
CEO and construction director, Chris Spellmon lost the nomination
Veteran, analyst, and consultant Mike Wright will run unopposed for the Libertarian Party.
Physicist and Radio Host George Reiter will run unopposed for the Green Party.
Texas Senate and US Representative Races
In addition to the state government elections, I will be following the Texas US Federal Elections as well in 2018. If you are interested in following those elections as well, you can find that article here.
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