Our Race to Raise articles take a deeper look at the most high-profile races of the election cycle, focusing specifically on money raised by those seeking to serve in public office.
Contributing Writer | 08/28/2018

Despite its name, the Texas Railroad Commission does not actually deal with railroads. Rather, the three-member Railroad Commission is the agency that regulates the oil and gas industry in Texas. Notably, the Commission’s Chairwoman Christi Craddick, is the only woman currently holding a statewide executive office. Originally elected to the Commission in 2012 for a six-year …

Contributing Writer | 08/21/2018

The Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the state’s chief financial officer. Each biennium, the comptroller is responsible for providing state lawmakers with educated estimates on how much money the state will bring in, and consequently, how much money lawmakers will have available to spend in the state’s budget. Although Comptroller Hegar ran unopposed in …

Contributing Writer | 08/14/2018

Who would’ve expected the race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner to be one of the most colorful, interesting battles of the 2018 election cycle? Replete with famous rock-and-rollers, criminal investigations, and military pilots, the 2018 race for “Ag Commish” is proving the old adage, “Truth is stranger than fiction.” Sid Miller, who is seeking a second …

Contributing Writer | 08/07/2018

After serving as a state representative and state senator, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is running for his second term as the state’s chief legal officer. Paxton’s time in office has been a dichotomy. Paxton has endeared himself to conservatives in Texas by leading the charge in successful lawsuits against many Obama-era federal mandates. At the …

Contributing Writer | 07/30/2018

Texas’ Lieutenant Governor is not only in charge of the state should the Governor be unavailable, but also leads the State Senate, making the Lt. Governor an extremely powerful officeholder. Current Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, well-loved by Texas conservatives, handily beat his Republican primary challenger, Scott Milder, 76.07% to 23.93%. Yet instead of operating under …