One truth about the Office of Texas Land Commissioner is that it tends to be a launching pad for politicians aspiring to bigger, brighter things. It’s a reality that makes it even more strange that the vast majority of Texans aren’t entirely sure what the land commissioner actually does.
The combination places a tremendous burden on candidates to educate voters about themselves and about the office, which is indeed powerful in its own right. After all, the General Land Office is responsible for administering 13 million acres of state land and mineral rights to pay for public education, plus run several large veterans’ programs, which makes this primary’s weak candidate pool even more distressing.
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