We promised to try to cover the race for State Comptroller a little closer than other statewide races because of the interest in the race by many CPAs. It has actually been pretty quiet so far, with most of the candidates spending time on fund raising and solidifying their base constituencies. We have heard that Republican Primary candidate Rep. Harvey Hilderbran has been contacting CPAs across the state and that Democratic Primary candidate Mike Collier, a CPA and TSCPA member, has been soliciting financial support from CPAs, especially in the Houston area.
Sen. Glenn Hegar, also a Republican candidate, has put up his first video ad touting his endorsement by the National Rifle Association. Hegar’s website also reports endorsements from Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association and the Texas Association of Retailers.
The other candidates have not yet released campaign advertising, other than what is on their websites, which you can find in our previous post State Comptrollers race of interest to CPAs.
Three of the Republican Primary candidate, Hegar, Hilderbran and Debra Medina will appear in a debate at the Texas Association of Business Annual Conference in Austin tomorrow, Feb. 6, 2014. It will be interesting to see if there are any substantial press reports on the debate.
Mike Collier, the lone Democratic candidate is raising money and soliciting support but will likely not be actively campaigning much until later in the year since he has no primary opposition. He does have a video ad up on his website. Collier appears to have a growing number of CPAs from Houston supporting his candidacy.
Raul Torres, also a CPA and TSCPA member, is the other Republican Primary candidate, but we have not seen any evidence of campaign activity since his early announcement and website video.