Comptroller, agriculture commissioner candidates know the work

Feb. 25, 2014 at 6:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 24, 2014 at 8:25 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

J. Allen Carnes - a vegetable, cotton and grain farmer - is the only candidate with hands-on experience in the race for Agriculture Commissioner. Carnes has served as president of the Texas Vegetable Association, as director of the Texas Produce Association and as a member of the Texas Rural Health and Economic Development Advisory Council. He was elected mayor of Uvalde in 2012 after serving on the Uvalde City Council. Carnes also has the support of and endorsements from several agricultural groups.

I had the privilege of hearing Carnes speak as part of a discussion panel on water use last fall. Also speaking was State Senator Glenn Hegar, a candidate for state comptroller. Hegar has served on the House Appropriations Committee and the Senate Finance Committee. Both understand the critical needs of agriculture and the necessity of conservation for bays and estuaries. They know that there is no "silver bullet," but Texans need to be serious about water policy for our future.

Carnes and Hegar bring relevant experience and thoughtful, nuanced perspectives, are willing to do the hard work and are the best choices of their respective races in the Republican Primary.

Early voting runs until February 28.

Tom Longbotham, Cuero



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