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Commissioner of the General Land Office

Four-year term. Must be at least 18 years old, a U.S. citizen, and a Texas resident for at least 12 months. Among duties: management of state lands and mineral-right properties totaling 20.3 million acres and providing revenues for the Permanent School Fund; repository of state land documents; responsible for the prevention of and response to oil spills that occur on “submerged” lands out to 10.3 miles in the Gulf of Mexico. The Commissioner also serves as a chairman of seven state boards, including the School Land Board, the Veterans Land Board, and the Coastal Coordination Council. Current annual salary: $137,500Plazo de cuatro años. Debe tener por lo menos 18 años de edad, ser ciudadano de Estados Unidos y residente de Texas por lo menos por 12 meses. Deberes: administra las tierras y los derechos minerales de propiedades que son un total de 20.3 millones de acres y pro­porciona ingresos para el Fondo permanente escolar; administra el repositorio de documentos de tierras estatales; es responsable de la prevención y respuesta a derrames de petróleo en tierras “sumergidas” a 10.3 millas de la costa en el Golfo de México. El Comisionado también tiene la función de ser el director de siete Mesas directivas, las cuales incluyen la Directiva de las tierras escolares, la Directiva de las tierras de veteranos y el Consejo de la coordinación de la costa. Salario anual actual: $137,500
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    Tex Morgan (Dem)

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    Miguel Suazo (Dem) Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

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Biographical Information

Background: What training, experience, and characteristics qualify you for this position?

Coastal planning: What specific short-term and long-term measures would you implement to restore and protect the coast, wetlands, and built environment to minimize damage from major storms?

Coastal planning: How do you address the concerns of developers and homeowners who want to build in these coastal areas?

What other issues do you consider the most important, and how would you address them?

I hold 2 BS degrees & a MBA. I’ve served as a chief engineer, CEO, & transit trustee. I’ve a business & engineering background; no-nonsense attitude; Eagle Scout; no conflicts of interest. I’m beholden solely to the people of Texas, where I grew up.
1st-efficiently restore destroyed properties, building up & bright, or buying out (Harvey victims still homeless!) 2nd-abate destroying & reclaim wetlands, marshes, prairielands & floodplains. Build Coastal Spine & curved sea walls to cut storm surge. Restore, add, & expand dunes, beaches, groynes, Attack dead zones with water mega-pumps. Engineer & oblige porous parcels.
Adopt & enforce clear best-practice standards to guide building & rebuilding. Update models & map 500/1000-year storm projections. Limit types of structures/development in protected areas. Publicize global warming effects. Build up, back & bright; require permeable, porous, & containment's. Hold inclusive Coastal Summit. Reverse harmful insurance practices. Unclog funds.
1-Conserve our sacred Alamo & holdings, don’t squander a half-billion $ on redoing its surroundings. 2-Responsible to our Veterans, our GLO’ll better communicate & deploy state land, housing & home-improvement loan programs. 3-Permanent School Fund-it must reap more for better schools, to defray local taxes. 4-A Bipartisan Redistricting Board! 5-More transparency!
Campaign Phone (903) 420-0621
Twitter @MrMiguelSuazo
Education New Mexico Military Institute Georgetown University The University of New Mexico School of Law
I am the most qualified and experienced person on the ballot with a proven record of success. I actually work on issues related to the GLO and have for over 15 years. I am a proven leader and can bring in groups Democrats need to turn TX blue in 2018
Short term, we need to care for those devastated by Harvey. Simultaneously, we must identify the projects that will most protect the coast. Protect estuaries, guard against encroachment of fresh and brackish water. Restoring oyster habitats, preventing brackish water invasion of fresh water habitats, combating invasive species, building berms and sand dunes.
Balancing the needs of nature, the public, and businesses has been a central component of my career. Having a vibrant coast is essential for tourism and for the enjoyment of the public. However, development must take into account environmental impacts. Raising the education level of where, how, and what to build is essential.
The most critical issue facing the next Land Commissioner is that of leadership. The Land Commissioner must elevate the profile of the key issues Texans face and educate the public and other elected officials about the importance of the issues dealt with by the GLO. This requires setting critical priorities and focusing relentlessly on those priorities each and every day.