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Opinion: Hello, Governor! Breaking down the 2014 Texas candidates

Opinion: Hello, Governor! Breaking down the 2014 Texas candidates

Opinion: Hello, Governor! Breaking down the 2014 Texas candidates
February 26
22:50 2014

James Rambin // Contributing Writer

Texas hasn’t held an open election for governor since 1990, and perennial Governor Rick Perry has comfortably occupied the office since 2000. But despite appearances, no one is elected governor for life—something our state probably only remembered when Perry announced he would not seek reelection in the fall. For many of you, voting in next week’s primary election will mark the first time you even bothered to notice Texas politics. Here’s who you’re dealing with:

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Wendy Davis (Democratic Party) – State Senator famous for filibustering a controversial abortion rights bill in the Texas Senate last summer. Harvard Law graduate. Running shoe enthusiast.

Reynaldo Madrigal (Democratic Party) – Retired photographer, previously noted for pulling 5.7 percent of the vote in the election for mayor of Corpus Christi. According to his mayoral platform, he has a serious problem with potholes.

Greg Abbott (Republican Party) – Texas Attorney General. Has been a parapelegic since an accident in 1984, and if elected, would be the state’s first disabled governor. Enjoys guns, barbecue and conservatism.

Larry Secede Kilgore (Republican Party) – Telecommunications worker. Yes, that’s his middle name, which he legally changed in 2012. Unsurprisingly favors the secession of Texas from the rest of the country. Told Jon Stewart that Abraham Lincoln was the American version of Hitler.

Miriam Martinez (Republican Party) – Former Univision host and candidate for Texas House. Favors the legalization of medicinal marijuana and calls herself “The Hispanic Margaret Thatcher.”

Lisa Fritsch (Republican Party) – Conservative radio host. Says her race will appeal to the state’s minority population more than a white male like Greg Abbott. Supports immigration reform.

Kathie Glass (Libertarian Party) – Lawyer. Libertarian party activist since 1978. Supports the elimination of income taxes.

Lee Wrights (Libertarian Party) – Libertarian activist and writer. Came in second for the Libertarian Party’s 2012 presidential nomination. Supports ending all wars and abolishing income taxes.

Robert J. Bell (Libertarian Party) – Pharmaceutical lab manager. Supports same-sex marriage, women’s rights and the legalization of drugs.

Robert Star Locke (Libertarian Party) – Building contractor. War veteran who claims to be the lone survivor of a “classified” mission to spy on Fidel Castro in the 1960s. Has no less than four photos of John Wayne on his website.

Robert Lynn Garett (Libertarian Party) – Retired Army Sergeant. Supports bringing back paper ballots over electronic voting machines and the abolition of national standardized tests in education.

Brandon Parmer (Green Party) – Lives in Dallas. Has almost no information about him or his candidacy posted online. Really, it’s a miracle we found a picture.

Feature photo: Texas battleground graphic courtesy of texasgopvote.com.

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