Run for Democratic Nominee for Governor Heats Up

Two opposite personalities campaign

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    U.S. State Department
    Tom Schieffer, former Ambassador to Japan and Australia.

    The Democratic campaign for Texas governor is about to get as interesting as the Republican side of things.

    Kinky Friedman announced on Monday that he will tour the state beginning Sept. 1 to announce his candidacy for the Democratic primary.

    The tour began in Austin Tuesday morning and will include stops in Houston, Dallas, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley. He is also planning the sort of fund raiser only Kinky Friedman could offer: a concert with Willy Nelson later this month.

    Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidate and former ambassador Tom Schieffer is winning endorsements from key Democratic leaders of the Texas House - Representatives Garnet Coleman of Houston, Jim Dunnam of Waco, Jessica Farrar of Houston and Pete Gallego of Alpine.

    "We are proud to endorse Ambassador Tom Schieffer to serve as the next governor of Texas because he is addressing issues and concerns that are important to Texas families - public education, jobs, children's health insurance, rising college tuition, energy, protecting the environment and transportation," Coleman said.

    Holly LaFon has written and worked for various local publications including D Magazine and Examiner.