First Texas Democrat Announces For Statewide Office

AUSTIN (August 23, 2013)--Houston businessman Mike Collier Friday became the first Democrat to announce for statewide office.

He says he’s running for state comptroller in 2014.

Collier said on his website Friday that his experiences as a businessman and financial professional make him the perfect candidate to take charge of the state's bank accounts.

He promised to bring more transparency to the office now held by Susan Combs, who is retiring next year.

A Democrat hasn't won a statewide race since 1994.

Democratic leaders say more candidates will likely announce once state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, decides whether to run for governor.

She has promised an announcement after Labor Day.

Three Republicans are competing for the GOP nomination to succeed Combs.

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