Eight years ago, Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s decision to run for governor did not prompt a rush of people vying to replace her. Then-Agricultural Commissioner Susan Combs won the Republican nomination unopposed and defeated Democrat Fred Head in November of 2006.
The position of Texas’ chief financial officer is proving more attractive this year. Four Republicans have launched campaigns for the seat, and at least one Democrat may join them. Combs announced in May that she won't seek re-election.