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2014 GOP Primary Candidate Information

2014 GOP Primary Candidate Information

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Published by Randy Samuelson
This document provides a comparison between the Republican Party candidates for various statewide offices in Texas in the 2014 primary.
This document provides a comparison between the Republican Party candidates for various statewide offices in Texas in the 2014 primary.

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Republican Party Primary Elections
By Randy Samuelson, State Republican Executive Committeeman, SD 14
For the first time in many years, there are numerous statewide elected offices that open in the general election. The last time there have been this many contested races in Texas was in 1998 and many of the cabinet level offices have not been vacant since 2002. The goal of this newsletter is to provide information about the candidates that are running statewide in the Republican Party Primary, key job responsibilities for each elected office, and key issues that voters will need to focus on for each of the races. The winners of the Republican Party Primary will face off against Democrats in November of 2014 who are attempting to  break a cycle of not having a statewide Democrat elected since 1998. The Republican nominees will be highly favored based on the demographics and past voting history of Texas in the general election, so it is highly likely that the decisions for candidates that we make in the Republican Party Primary for our nominees will shape Texas public policy for the next decade.
2014 Candidate Guide
Evaluating Candidates
 While I am not going to make personal SREC endorsements at this point in the primary election cycle, I will provide some information for you to evaluate candidates and make primary election decisions. The most important thing to evaluate candidates on is their system of beliefs and principles, their personal integrity, and their ability to execute the functions of the office they are seeking. Here is the Republican Party Platform in 5 bullet points:
Limiting government
Defending state sovereignty and a strong national defense
Supporting traditional family values
Evaluating all decisions  based on the original intent of the U.S. Constitution
Promoting free markets
The decisions we make in the 2014 Republican Party Primary will shape Texas public policy for the next decade. We need to carefully evaluate candidates.
Texas Governor’s Race and Republican Candidates
The Texas Governor is the Chief Executive Officer of the State of Texas and is elected every four years. As you know, Governor Rick Perry announced in 2013 that he would not seek re-election after having served as the Texas Governor since 2000. The Governor is a constitutionally required state executive officer. Among the Governor's constitutional and statutory duties are:
Signing and vetoing bills passed by the Texas Legislature
Commander-in-chief of the Texas military forces
Calls special sessions of the legislature and sets the agenda for the session
Accounts for public funds and proposes a budget for the following two year biennium
Appoints numerous boards and commissions, many with the advice and consent of the Texas Senate
Grants reprieves and pardons upon the recommendation of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles There are some key campaign items to
consider in evaluating the Governor’s Race that are unique to this
race. The Republican nominee needs to be able to lead the statewide ticket in terms of conservative
philosophy, ability to fundraise so that all the party’s candidates can be more success
ful, and the ability to make tough executive decisions. As the Chief Executive Officer, the Governor has the ability to direct policy through appointment of executive branch officials and setting the direction of the state. The Governor is the chief budget officer for Texas and has the ability and authority to set the recommendations for the state biennial budget and deliver
the Governor’s budget recommendations to the legislature each session. However, the Governor
 cannot file  bills in the legislature nor does the Governor have a position on the Legislative Budget Board.
Republican Party Candidates for Governor
(listed alphabetically)
Name Greg Abbott Lisa Fritsch Secede Kilgore Miriam Martinez
Occupation Texas Attorney General Radio talk-show host; author Unknown Television personality Current Residence Austin Austin Arlington Edinburg Campaign Website
Top 3 Issues (according to their campaign website)
End Obamacare 2.
Defend traditional values 3.
Protect 2
 Amendment 1.
Government transparency 2.
Expand economic opportunities 3.
Expand education opportunities Only campaigning on Texas succession from the United States 1.
Immigration reform 2.
Protect 2
 Amendment 3.
Legalize marijuana
Notable Endorsements
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility
Texas Alliance for Life
Former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum
Numerous grassroots Republicans, too many to list
Texas Republican Assembly National Republican Trust PAC None known None for Governor.
Previous elected experience Texas Attorney General Texas Supreme Court None None None Campaign Cash on Hand Totals
(as of Jan 15 report)
 $27.022 million $209,040 $72 $0

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