Christi Craddick, the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, is running for re-election in 2018. 

"During my first term at the Railroad Commission, I oversaw a modernization of the agency and provided common sense regulatory oversight of a robust energy industry while carefully balancing our state’s economic and environmental concerns,” Craddick said in a news release. "I am respectfully asking the voters of Texas to re-elect me to a second term."

Craddick's announcement means that every non-judicial statewide official in Texas — all of them Republicans — has plans to seek re-election next year. Until Tuesday, Craddick had not revealed whether she intended to run again.

Craddick currently appears to have a clear path to the Republican nomination in 2018. In the general election, Craddick is set to face Democrat Roman McAllen, the historic preservation officer for the city of Denton.

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First elected in 2012, Craddick is the only member of the three-person commission that is up for re-election next year. The members serve staggered six-year terms on the panel, which is responsible for overseeing Texas' oil and gas industry.

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