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Democratic and Republican Candidates for State Offices

The Messaging Team begins by focusing on State Level Candidates that all Texans vote for.  If time permits, we will add information about Bexar County candidates and Congressional Candidates whose districts are all or in part in Bexar County.


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Democratic Candidate Governor of Texas

Beto O'Rourke supports public education.

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Greg Abbott

Republican Incumbent Governor of Texas

Greg Abbott supports school vouchers, which is a weak point for him among rural voters.

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Mike Collier

Democratic Candidate Lieutenant Governor ot Texas

Mike Collier is a Democrat, auditor, energy expert, and financial watchdog . Mike has built a reputation for rigorous financial analysis, independent decision-making, and a commitment to telling the truth, no matter what. He pledges to work to lower property taxes to help Texas families keep up with rising costs; improve public schools by investing in smaller class sizes, more special education support, and great teachers; fix the power grid; close corporate property tax loopholes for out-of-state corporations that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year; and protect reproductive rights by ensuring that women and their doctors—not politicians—make decisions about their own healthcare.


Dan Patrick

Republican Incumbent Lieutenant Governor of Texas

Dan Patrick began his career as a radio and television sports broadcaster. After forming a chain of sports bars and subsequently going bankrupt, he reinvented himself as a conservative talk show host in the 1990s. Patrick opposes abortion and championed the "Bathroom Bill" while ignoring more pressing problems for Texans.   He supports gun rights, maintaining Confederate monuments, creationism in the public school curriculum, and charter schools, and he led the Legislature to restrict voting rights.  His campaign knowingly sent out inaccurate information about vote by mail.

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Rochelle Garza

Democratic Candidate Texas Attorney General

A well-respected member of the team, Morgan James is one of our founding members and has played a vital role in shaping our vision and programs. They bring years of experience in making a household name.


Republican Incumbent Texas Attorney General

Since before election to Attorney General, Paxton has faced a state securities fraud felony indictment.  He faces other charges as well: a federal Securities and Exchange Commission civil action; seven of Paxton's top aides are accusing Paxton in a pending case of improper influence, abuse of office, bribery and other crimes;  Lawyers Defending American Democracy filed ethics complaints that are pending pursuant to his 2020 presidential election challenges regarding the conduct of elections by states other than Texas.

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Janet Dudding

Democratic Candidate Comptroller of Public Accounts

Janet Dudding is a CPA who began her governmental accounting career with the Office of the State Auditor investigating allegations that governmental officials had embezzled taxpayer money or taken kickbacks. She’s spent her professional life holding governments accountable to people, not special interests.

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Glenn Hegar

Republican Incumbent Comptroller of Public Accounts

Glen Hegar has no formal education in accounting or finance. In 2021, Hegar proposed to weaken the rules for transparency and accountability for the biggest corporate tax break program in Texas, Chapter 313.


Jay Kleberg

Democratic Candidate Commissioner of General Land Office

Jay Kleberg has dedicated his entire life to enhancing our natural resources and ensuring that we manage and conserve land for the benefit of future generations. He believes that our quality of life, food stability, energy dependence, and diversity of wildlife depend on the responsible stewardship of Texas landscapes.  He has an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Kleberg's career experience includes co-founding Explore Ranches and working as a producer with Deep in the Heart LLC and as a strategic initiatives lead with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation.

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Dawn Buckingham

Republican Candidate Commissioner of General Land Office

Dawn Buckingham earned an M.D. from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  Her career experience includes working as a physician and owning a business.  She served in the Texas Senate from 1997=2023

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Luke Warford

Democratic Camdidate Railroad Commissioner

A well-respected member of the team, Jordan Parker is one of our founding members and has played a vital role in shaping our vision and programs. They bring years of experience in making a household name.


Wayne Christian

Republican Incumbent Railroad Commissioner

Experienced, trustworthy and driven. These are just a few of the ways that coworkers describe this invaluable member of our team. Taylor Quill is truly inspirational and makes it a pleasure to come to work.


Susan Hayes

Democratic Candidate Commissioner of Agriculture

An invaluable part of the staff and leadership, Kris Ward has witnessed the continued evolution of our programs from that start. With extensive experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, Kris Ward offers a unique skill-set that ensures undeniable impact.

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Sid Miller

Republican Incumbent Commissioner of Agriculture

Words cannot describe the role that Alex Smith has had in ensuring that always stays on track. Their continued communication with beneficiaries means that Alex Smith is our greatest asset in listening to the pressing needs of grantees.

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