Amarillo Globe-News Editorial: Hilderbran is best pick

February 28, 2014

There was a minor theme — of sorts — that many candidates for statewide office in Texas shared with us while on the campaign trail.

The past couple of state budget forecasts prepared by the comptroller’s office were not all that accurate — and there is room for improvement.

The Office of the Texas Comptroller might not sound all that sexy, but it is a vital and important office, one that voters should not overlook. After all, the comptroller is “the chief steward of the state’s finances,” according to the comptroller website. As chief treasurer of state government, the comptroller’s office determines, to a degree, how much taxpayers will pay to the state and where this money might go.

There are four candidates in the GOP primary for comptroller, and Texas Tech University alum Harvey Hilderbran is the best of the bunch.

“Quite frankly, there are a lot of things that need to be improved,” Hilderbran told AGN Media.

“And there are some things that are broken and need to be fixed. If you are running for office, you ought to know why you are running. I know why I’m running and what I want to accomplish when I’m elected.”

What does Hilderbran, a former Texas state representative and chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, want to do?

On his website (www.harveyfortexas.com), Hilderbran has a 10-point “Performance Pledge for the People of Texas,” an outline of his goals for the comptroller office, and all are worthy objectives.

Hilderbran also has the strong conservative credentials and legislative experience needed to handle the multibillion-dollar budget for the state.