Democrat Mike Collier announced Thursday that he will run against Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick next year.
Collier, a retired accountant who worked for oil companies and PriceWaterhouseCoopers, was the Democratic nominee for state comptroller in 2014, losing to Glenn Hegar by more than 20 percentage points.
Patrick, a first-term Republican and former Houston-area radio talkshow host, has become a leader of the far-right conservative movement in Texas and is a top Lone Star State backer of President Donald Trump.
“We need a Lt. Governor that brings Texans together, not an ideologue that chases headlines and drives us apart,” Collier said in a statement. “Texans want someone to fix our broken politics. It starts with sending Dan Patrick back to the radio entertainment business and putting someone serious in charge of the Senate.”
Following rumors that he may challenge Gov. Greg Abbott in 2018, Patrick in January announced that he would run for reelection.