The Lufkin Daily News recommends Harvey Hilderbran

February 17, 2014

From The Lufkin Daily News:

Today we continue our look at candidates in the statewide Republican Primary election and offer our recommendations.

Comptroller of Public Accounts

The primary duty of the comptroller is to collect all the taxes owed the state, distribute tax monies owed to local entities and to provide the Legislature with a biennial revenue estimate that lawmakers cannot exceed when adopting a budget.

Raul Torres is a Certified Public Accountant from Corpus Christi who served one term as a Republican state representative of District 33. He runs two businesses and is, as he claims, the only CPA in the race.

Debra Medina in a registered nurse from Wharton who runs her own business. She’s been politically active for more than 20 years. In 2010 her dark-horse campaign for governor in the Republican Party netted her 20 percent of the vote and a lot of name recognition.

Glenn Hegar is a farmer from Katy is currently serving as state senator in District 18. He is the youngest member of the senate and has served there since first being elected in 2006. Prior to that he was state representative from District 28 for two terms. Hegar has gained a stellar reputation in the House and Senate for his work.

Harvey Hilderbran is a businessman from Kerrville who has served as a state representative from the Hill Country since 1989. He has served on and chaired numerous committees and during the last two sessions served as chairman of the house Ways and Means Committee. In that role he is very familiar with working with the comptroller’s office.

The last two official revenue estimates by the Comptroller were two of the most inaccurate in the state’s history. Several factors contributed to this but they forced the Legislature to make spending decisions based on underestimated revenues. We are not for rampant spending but we think the Legislature should know how much money it has to spend. Other problems with the comptroller’s office include a data breach in 2011.

Torres is the only CPA in the race; other than that he offers little of substance. Debra Medina is the anti-establishment candidate but the least qualified of the four. Hegar has a stellar reputation in Austin and was endorsed by retiring comptroller Susan Combs. We lean toward Hilderbran. Hilderbran has more than two decades of experience in Austin. That may seem like a hindrance to some, but there are not many full-time politicians among our legislators. Hilderbran has management experience that helps make him the best candidate. We recommend Harvey Hilderbran.