Railroad Commissioner Barry Smitherman, who was appointed by Governor Perry on July 8, began fundraising in August for the March Primary. With a strong Houston reception last night, Smitherman has now broken the $1 million mark in contributions received. Smitherman’s goal is to raise $1.5 million by December 31, and he appears likely to exceed that amount.
Commissioner Smitherman will be on the ballot for the two-year unexpired term as Railroad Commissioner next year, and he is currently unopposed.
Also on the ballot next year will be a six-year term as Railroad Commissioner. This position is currently held by Elizabeth Ames Jones, who is running for the United States Senate and not seeking reelection to the Railroad Commission. State Rep. Warren Chisum and Christi Craddick, attorney and daughter of former Speaker Tom Craddick, are the leading candidates for this seat.