State Comptroller Race of Interest to CPAs

CPAs are always interested in who is or will be the State Comptroller. CPAs in public practice interface with the Comptroller’s office on a myriad of state tax issues, and CPAs in private industry frequently do the same. Because of the intense interest of CPAs in this race, the blog will attempt to feature the latest news articles on the candidates. This will be a bipartisan effort, with no attempt to promote or criticize any particular candidate. However, because we will be providing press reports, we can’t guarantee even-handed reporting by others.

Although official filing for office is not until tomorrow, Nov. 9th, and the filing deadline is Dec. 9th, we are starting with a quick rundown of the current announced candidates; in alphabetical order:

Mike Collier (D-Houston) Collier is a CPA and a member of TSCPA. He currently is the only Democratic announced candidate. This is his first venture into politics. He was formerly a partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers and most recently was CFO of Houston-based Layline Petroleum. Here is his campaign website.

Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy) Hegar is the current state senator for SD 18. He is not up for re-election as a state senator, so he will still retain that office if he loses the Comptroller’s race. Hegar was first elected to the State House of Representatives in 2002; he served until his election to the State Senate in 2006. He currently serves on the Senate Finance Committee and as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Matters. He also serves as Chairman of the Senate Nominations Committee and as a member of Senate Committees for Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security and Natural Resources. He has been supported by TSCPA-PAC in his campaigns for both the House and Senate. Here is his campaign website.

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran (R-Kerrville) Hilderbran has served in the House since his election in 1988. The past two sessions he has served as the Chairman of the House Ways and Means committee. He has been supported by the TSCPA-PAC while serving in the legislature. Here is his campaign website.

Debra Medina (R-Wharton) Medina ran against Gov. Perry in the 2010 Republican primary where she received 18% of the vote according to press reports. Medina floated the idea of running for governor as an independent, but apparently has decided to focus on the Comptroller’s race. Here is her campaign website.

Raul Torres (R- Corpus Christi) Torres is a CPA and a member of TSCPA. He practices public accounting as Raul Torres, CPA. Torres served one term (2011-12) as the State Representative for HD 33. He was paired against a fellow Republican in the redistricting process and rather than run for re-election he ran unsuccessfully as a candidate for State Senator in SD 20 against Democratic incumbent Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (McAllen). Here is Torres’ campaign website.

This may be the first time a CPA has run for State Comptroller and for sure is the first time two CPAs are in the race. Just another reason for keeping track of the contest.

There have been any number of news articles about these candidates already. Now you know who they are so you can read about them in you daily papers. We will be highlighting news articles from across the state about the candidates from time to time. Here’s a start, one article for each candidate:

In future posts we won’t be able to always post an article about each candidate. Press coverage varies, but we will do our best to let you see a sampling of what the press is reporting about each candidate.

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