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That said, we have known Gov. Abbott from his time on the Supreme Court of Texas and as attorney general. Frankly, we think he was better back then before he detoured to the far right to appeal to the most conservative elements of the Republican Party. We urge him to search for his more moderate roots so he better can represent all Texans.

We have followed Dan Patrick for some time, first as a state senator from the Houston suburbs and, for the past three years, as lieutenant governor. During that time, Patrick has been an obstructionist, holding the state hostage to his far-right whims and beliefs. He has stood in the way of a better, more prosperous Texas and his style of leadership leaves too many people in his wake.

Bush has assumed much of the state’s duties in response to Hurricane Harvey, visiting 40 of the 60 counties declared disaster areas in the storm’s wake. Even before the storm hit, Bush advocated for a coastal barrier system to protect the Houston Ship Channel, although he acknowledges that it wouldn’t have had much effect when Harvey hit.

Bush has been leading the way in trying to maintain the condition of the Alamo and has plans to restore the area around the chapel in a reimagining of the way it looked in 1836 when fewer than 200 defenders held off the Mexican army long enough to allow the Texas Army to escape and regroup.

On Monday, the Texas Tribune reported that Bush purchased a 4,000-square-foot house in a gated West Austin community, using an $850,000 loan from a major Republican donor for who employed Bush’s wife, Austin lawyer Amanda Bush. He put the home in the name of a family trust, for security reasons, Bush said. Further, Bush didn’t disclose the home on his state finance forms as required by law. Bush says he will amend the financial statement. While that is troubling, it doesn’t shake out confidence in Bush, who must pay more attention to the requirements of the job.

Patterson, who served three terms as land commissioner before Bush and has met with the editorial board in the past, is at odds with Bush over the future of the Alamo. He favors a more literal recreation of the Misión San Antonio de Valero to the way it looked in March 1836. Patterson is remembered by many Texans as the author of the state’s first concealed carry bill more than 20 years ago. Patterson was a good land commissioner, but his time has come and gone.

Sid Miller vs. Trey Blocker vs. Jim Hogan — If Sid Miller spent a fraction of the time he spends as a Republican Party hack on issues facing Texas farmers and ranchers he might be listed as a great agriculture commissioner. Instead, though, he spends his time promoting Republican ideas and goals that have nothing to do with his office. He also spends far too much time demonizing Democrats and other Republicans.

Miller and Hogan did not meet with the Editorial Board, but Blocker did. He pledges to "restore honesty and integrity to the office" if elected. He said Miller has worked actively against Texas producers, enforcing archaic laws that harm small businesses and raising fees as much as 500 percent.

If elected, Blocker said he would lower fees and would look at non-agriculture programs in the department, such as weights and measures — it certifies gas pump accuracy — which he would transfer to the state’s license and regulation department. He would move the school lunch program to the states Department of Health and Human Services, "We need to get the department focused on agriculture," Blocker said.