Boyuls and Brown for railroad commission nominations

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SAN ANTONIO — Malachi Boyuls is the best candidate in the Republican primary for an open seat on the .

As a regulatory attorney representing industry, and an oil and gas investor, Boyuls is well-versed in the complicated issues the Railroad Commission oversees.

He faces three other candidates in the primary:

, a geologist who this fall attempted to insert questionable changes to an environmental science textbook; former state Rep. , who tried to pass legislation that would benefit his hurricane-destroyed home; and , an oil and gas engineer.

Boyuls, who grew up in Fredericksburg, has solid ideas for improving the Railroad Commission’s website, getting more information to the public and reducing staff turnover at this agency.

He takes harsh stances against federal oversight, but he has said he takes concerns such as possible water contamination from oil and gas activity or increased frequency of earthquakes from injection wells seriously.

He clearly knows the issues and understands the workings of the Railroad Commission.

On the Democratic side, we recommend , former party chairman of Fort Bend County. Brown has not worked in the oil and gas industry, but he would give the industry a critical eye, focusing on environmental concerns. He would also be an advocate for sustainable energy, and he has a background in public policy.

He is running against , a perennial candidate for this position.

Boyuls and Brown merit votes in their respective primary elections.

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