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Creighton Exits Ag Race to Run for Senate; Sid Miller Jumps In

The race for agriculture commissioner got a shake-up on Wednesday night, as state Rep. Brandon Creighton announced he would instead run for state Senate and former state Rep. Sid Miller said he would enter the ag commissioner's race.

By Neena Satija, The Texas Tribune and Reveal
State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, lays out on third reading the "loser pays" lawsuit reform bill HB274 on May 9, 2011.

State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, announced Wednesday night that he would end his bid for agriculture commissioner and instead run for the seat to be vacated by retiring state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

"Southeast Texas is one of the fastest growing regions of our state, and I believe we need experienced, conservative representation from someone proven to deliver results," Creighton said at a kickoff event for his Senate run in Montgomery County.

Meanwhile, Republican former state Rep. Sid Miller will announce Thursday that he has decided to run for agriculture commissioner. The former state representative from Stephenville will compete in the Republican primary against two other candidates, Austin-based lawyer Eric Opiela and Uvalde Mayor J Allen Carnes.

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