Rancher Throws Hats into Governor's Race

Gilbert officially enters Texas governor's race

Monday, Sep 21, 2009  |  Updated 5:00 PM CDT
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Rancher Throws Hats into Governor's Race

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Gov. Rick Perry is expected to face Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for the Republican ticket in next year's governor's race.

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A former candidate for the Texas agriculture commissioner's post is announcing he is seeking the Democratic nomination in the governor's race.

Hank Gilbert kicked off his gubernatorial campaign Monday with an announcement in Dallas. Gilbert, who lost the 2006 race for agriculture commissioner, is an East Texas rancher who has actively opposed Gov. Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor project.

Others seeking the Democratic nomination include former ambassador Tom Schieffer, therapist Mark Thompson and humorist Kinky Friedman.

On the Republican side, Gov. Rick Perry is seeking election for a third full term. His most formidable opponent for the GOP nomination is Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.

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