Democratic candidate for Texas Railroad Commission makes major ad buy

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Chrysta Castañeda, the Democratic candidate for the Texas Railroad Commission, is investing in six figures worth of television ads in the Houston area starting Friday.

Castañeda is facing off against Republican Jim Wright, best known for his campaign’s glaring conflict of interest with his own company, DeWitt Recyclable Products, a company overseen by the same state agency he seeks to help guide. 

The ad focuses on wasteful and illegal flaring from oil and gas companies and Castañeda’s promise to put a stop to it. It also mentions some of the violations issued by the Texas Railroad Commission to Wright’s company, and some of the lawsuits that Wright has found himself in.

“Many Texans don’t know a thing about the Railroad Commission, but for the countless Texans who work in the oil and gas industry, it’s probably the elected body with the biggest impact on their lives,” Castañeda said in a prepared statement. “Houston is synonymous with oil and gas, so it’s the ideal place to roll out our first TV ad.”

All three spots on the Texas Railroad Commissioner are currently held by Republicans. Despite its name, the agency has nothing to do with railways and instead focuses on the regulation and enforcement of oil and gas laws in the state. 

Elections to the commission are statewide, meaning all Texans will be able to cast their ballot for the next commissioner and their six-year term.

Photo: Hays County Democratic Party

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