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Republican AG, comptroller hopefuls square off

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WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A pair of debates feature Republican contenders for two powerful — but often little-publicized — statewide offices.

State Rep. Dan Branch, of Dallas, McKinney state Sen. Ken Paxton and Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman will share a stage first Wednesday.

The trio is competing for the GOP nomination to replace Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is now running for governor.

They will be followed by state Sen. Glen Hegar of Katy, Kerrville state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran and Debra Medina, a rancher who was a strong third-party candidate for governor in 2010.

Those three are vying to replace Republican Comptroller Susan Combs, who is not seeking re-election.

The powerful lobbying group the Texas Business Association is hosting both events at its annual conference in Austin.

Texas’ primary is March 4.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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