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Cook Gets Democrats' Nod for Land Commissioner

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    Former El Paso Democratic Mayor John Cook has clinched his party's nomination for land commissioner.

    Lamenting that no one from El Paso has ever captured statewide office, Cook ran unopposed Tuesday. He will face George P. Bush in the general election.

    Cook sought the nomination even after he knew it would mean running against Bush, a Republican whose uncle and grandfather are former presidents and whose father is ex-governor of Florida.

    A guitar player, Vietnam War veteran and former school teacher, Cook also owned several small businesses.

    He was mayor from 2005 until last year, when term limits prevented him from running again.

    Cook has spent little money campaigning, but it's more than he's reported raising. With his famous political name, Bush has raked in more than $3.5 million.