El Paso is the 6th largest city in the State of Texas and we have never had an El Pasoan hold a statewide elected office! Part of the reason for that is El Pasoans, with the exception of Judge William Moody who ran for the Texas Supreme Court, haven’t even tried to get elected to a statewide office.
“That’s akin to hoping to win the lottery even though you’ve never purchased a ticket.” ; former mayor John Cook joked as he prepared to made his first public announcement that he would be running for Texas Land Commissioner. That announcement will be made at the Labor Day Breakfast hosted by the Central Labor Union. “It’s time for the El Paso community to encourage people to let the rest of the State know that we are here and we are ready to compete for recognition as political leaders of our government.”
“I chose the Texas Land Commissioner race for several important reasons. First, it is the oldest elected office in Texas, dating back to 1836 when we became the Republic of Texas. Secondly, the Commissioner, and the Government Land Office (GLO) is responsible, principally as a Financial Trustee, for managing all land and natural resource assets owned by the State.” Cook continued. “Across Texas, the assets and interests the Commissioner oversees are worth more than $29 billion. I want to make sure that GLO policies regarding those assets are maximizing the benefit to the State’s Permanent School Fund, not the business interests that are more concerned with increasing their own bottom line.”
Cook intends to implement a grassroots strategy, something he is known for mastering in his previous campaigns. He seems undaunted by the huge sums of money one Republican candidate has already raised. “ I’d rather get $2 each from a million voters, than $2 million from a couple of people. I don’t want to buy peoples’ votes, but I am sure going work hard to earn them.”