Jerry Patterson

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One of the fiercest competitions in the upcoming March primary in Texas is for an office a lot of people never really think about: Texas Land Commissioner.

George P. Bush is the incumbent — one of those Bushes trying to fend off three Republican challengers, including Jerry Patterson, who used to be the land commissioner. Patterson took a lot of people by surprise when he launched his campaign to take back the office he left three years ago.


Ryan Poppe

Monday was the last day anyone could file their candidacy in a statewide primary election.  And one of those candidates making a last minute filing is former Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.


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Jerry Patterson announced he will file his candidacy to run against current General Land Office Commissioner George P. Bush during the Republican primaries in March.

 

“At this point in life it’s not exactly what I had planned nor is it my first choice, but I’ve watched this agency over the last three years essentially crater,” Patterson said.

 

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A new poll from the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Tribune shows current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are pulling away from Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson in the Republican race for lieutenant governor.

The new numbers show Dewhurst at 37 percent of the vote and Patrick close behind with 31 percent.

"We are seeing this shaping up to be another establishment incumbent versus tea party insurgent race," said professor Jim Henson, who heads up UT-Austin’s Texas Politics Project.

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