Man, KBH's much-awaited announcement is still more than two weeks away, and dominoes are falling already. We'll start with Ag Commish Susan Combs, who has formally announced that she's running for Comptroller.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs officially opened her campaign for state comptroller today without waiting for incumbent Carole Keeton Strayhorn to make her next move.
Strayhorn has been eyeing a run for governor in next year's elections. Combs and Stayhorn are Republicans, as is Gov. Rick Perry, who plans to seek re-election.
Combs, a former state legislator before her 1998 election as agriculture commissioner, said she expects an open seat for the comptroller's office next year based on her previous discussions with Strayhorn.
“She has been aware that I was running for this office,” Combs said. “I'm in the race to stay. I'm in the race to win.”
Strayhorn would not speculate on her political plans.
Strayhorn remains coy about her own political future.
“The people of Texas are asking her to run for governor, and she is listening,” [Strayhorn spokesman Mark] Sanders said.
Domino Number Two is State Sen. Todd Staples, who has announced his intent to replace Combs.
Subsequent to Combs’ announcement, state Sen. Todd Staples, R- Palestine, declared his intent to run for agriculture commissioner.
Staples has an agricultural economics degree from Texas A&M. He is rancher and real estate appraiser.
Staples has served in the House and was recently elected to a second term in the Senate. He is a former mayor pro tempore of Palestine.
Staples' candidacy would leave his Senate seat open, which is a fairly rare commodity. His district is pretty solidly Republican, but an open seat is an open seat. Max Sandlin isn't doing much these days; maybe someone should give him a call and make a pitch about Senate District 3.
Thanks to Karl-T for the heads-up. More of this is sure to come soon, including (one hopes) some Democratic announcements for these offices. Stay tuned.
UPDATE: The Chron runs down various candidate possibilities.Posted by Charles Kuffner on June 02, 2005 to Election 2006 | TrackBack