Son of former Texas governor sets sights on same office

(photo courtesy: Texans for Andrew White/
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HOUSTON, Texas (KWTX) The son of late Texas Gov. Mark White announced his own campaign for governor Thursday.

Andrew White says he is running for governor in 2018 as a Democrat who wants to unite across party lines.

"I think we should run our state like you run your household or work at your job, putting others first, while managing the bottom line," said a statement on the website. "Math and data can guide us to make better decisions. Common sense and decency will solve just about everything else."

White joins a growing Democratic primary field, including former Dallas County sheriff Lupe Valdez ,Grady Yarbrough, and Thomas Wakely.

White's presenting himself as a "conservative Democrat" according to the Texas Tribune, attempting to appeal to legislators regardless of party affiliation.

In a speech in Houston, White highlighted several issues he intends on tackling, including education reform, environmental protection, and equal treatment of Texans, including members of the LGBTQ community.

White, however, specifically noted in his speech he refuses to bring radical politics into Austin.

"Extreme politics are rampant in Austin. Our state leaders are barely on speaking terms--and they’re all in the same political party," said White. "Our leaders have pulled Texas out of the mainstream and into the fringe."

White's announcement comes four days before the filing deadline for the gubernatorial race.