Three Republican candidates have declared their intention to seek the office of Texas Commissioner of Agriculture in the November 2014 elections to replace the departing current officeholder, Todd Staples. No Democrat had officially entered the race as of Sept. 10 — and it likely will not matter if one does. In an overwhelmingly red state, the real battle for the commissioner’s seat will almost certainly come down to the March primary.
The Produce News conducted interviews by phone and e-mail with the three declared candidates: Uvalde, TX mayor, farmer and veteran of multiple state and national industry organizations J Allen Carnes; attorney and current state Rep. Brandon Creighton; and attorney, rancher and former state GOP Executive Director Eric Opiela. …(Click HERE to continue reading article)