We recommend Brown in Democratic race for railroad commissioner

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Published: 04 February 2014 06:25 PM

We recommend former Fort Bend Democratic Party chairman Steve Brown over retired petroleum engineer Dale Henry in this Texas Railroad Commission primary.

Brown, 38, in his first run for statewide office, promises to bring regulatory and environmental balance to the commission. While not an oil and gas person, he has experience dealing with the Legislature and state regulatory agencies and has an appreciation for Texas’ need to develop sustainable energy sources.

He says the commission should more aggressively determine whether wastewater injection wells are causing earthquakes in Parker County and would consider a moratorium on wells until an answer is determined. His political background includes work on the campaigns of state Rep. Sylvester Turner, state Sen. Rodney Ellis and former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk’s run for the U.S. Senate.

Henry, 82, has practical experience in the energy industry but has also run four consecutive unsuccessful campaigns for railroad commissioner. His responses in our Voter Guide questionnaire sidestepped the question of what action the commission should take if injection wells are found to cause earthquakes.

The winner of this primary faces a Republican opponent in November.


This is one in a series of 50 Dallas Morning News candidate recommendations in the upcoming primary elections.

Voter Guide: Compare candidates’ answers to questionnaires tailored to their race.dallasnews.com/voterguide

Early voting starts: Feb. 18

Early voting ends: Feb. 28

Election day: March 4

For more information:

Texas Democratic Party and candidates: txdemocrats.org

Texas Republican Party and candidates: texasgop.org

Collin County elections: 1-800-687-8546 or co.collin.tx.us/elections

Dallas County elections: 214-819-6300 or dallascountyvotes.org

Denton County elections: 940-349-3200 or votedenton.com

Tarrant County elections: 817-831-8683 or tarrantcounty.com/eVote

For more help, including how to check your registration status, contact the Texas secretary of state at 1-800-252-8683 or visit votetexas.gov.

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