Democratic attorney general candidate wants to take politics out of the office

Bianca Montes By Bianca Montes

May 27, 2014 at 12:27 a.m.

It's time to have a lawyer run for attorney general, not a politician, Democratic candidate Sam Houston said.

Houston, a lifelong Texan who grew up in Colorado City, a small west Texas town, will campaign against Republican Ken Paxton in the November election.

A reception at the Tequila Bar at The Sendera welcomed him to the Crossroads on Tuesday.

Houston has practiced law for almost 27 years as a litigator. He prides himself on being able to solve disputes, an idea he plans to take to the attorney general's office.

"I want to run it like a law practice and take politics out of the office," he said. "A lot of current policies are geared toward Republican interest - a lot of lawsuits that haven't gotten anywhere. This is where I differ."

Houston said way too much attention from the attorney general's office has been focused on guns and border security, and a lot of money has been spent on voter identification and redistricting lawsuits.

His main focus would be to move away from large lawsuits that garner political headlines and instead focus on school funding, consumer protection and transparency.

"The federal government handles the border," he said, "so why are we spending tax dollars on it when our schools are underfunded?"

Houston previously ran for attorney general in 2008 and swept larger areas, such as Harris, Bexar and Dallas counties, but said he lost out in smaller, rural areas. This time around, he said his plan is to focus on the everyday man and woman and get his message across.

"I'm a longtime lawyer who believes in being a good leader," he said. "It's time we had a lawyer run for the attorney general's office and not a politician."



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