Candidate Profiles

Jared Cates, Democratic candidate for Nacogdoches County Commissioner, Pct. 3.

A new generation is entering politics, and they’re coming into the game through some traditionally unusual ways.

Mark Miller, Texas Railroad Commissioner candidate

The biggest election in Texas this year is one you probably haven’t heard of; the Texas Railroad Commission, a state agency that does not regulate railroads.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry has received a stronger grade for his stance on marijuana law reform than most of the other presidential candidates, including Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently spoke at the Iowa Freedom Summit where he was making early bids to be the next GOP presidential nominee. It was there that a group of conservative activists say he “flip flopped” on the issue of marijuana.

Rep. James White, an ardent Tea Party supporter, has come out in support of changing marijuana laws in Texas. The 50-year-old Woodville Republican, whose District 19 encompasses Hardin, Polk, Tyler, Jasper and Newton counties, won a third two-year term in 2014 with no opposition at the polls. He spoke with

Texas Representative David Simpson hinted at taking a bold stand when it comes to medical marijuana in the upcoming legislative session while speaking to a Tea Party group in his district. Speaking in front of about 150 people, Simpson, a Republican who represents Gregg and Upshur counties, stated “I am

Kevin Smith is seeking election as DFW NORML’s Compliance Officer. He has been involved with the organization since April of 2014. This is his first time to seek election. He has not held any duties.

Dean Bortell is seeking election as DFW NORML’s Public Information Officer. He has been active with DFW NORML for almost a year and this is his first time seeking election within the organization. Bortell is a disabled military veteran and currently works as a software engineer.

It’s election time, and not just for the politicians! DFW NORML will be holding elections for seats on their board of directors this coming Saturday. There are five seats up for grabs, including Director of Operations, Director of Marketing, Secretary, Public Information Officer, and Compliance Officer.

Andrea Brown is seeking election as DFW NORML’s Secretary. She currently serves as Secretary and has held the position twice since joining the organization in April of 2011. Her first term was from 2011-2012, and again from 2013 to current. In between her terms as Secretary, she held the Treasurer position.

David Sloane is seeking election as DFW NORML’s Public Information Officer. He currently serves as Public Information Officer and has held the position since 2010. Sloane joined national NORML in 1987 and the National Legislative Committee in 1997. Sloane is a criminal defense lawyer by trade and has been practicing

Two candidates vying for the Texas Senate District 31 seat have a lot in common, however they quickly diverge when it comes to their views on marijuana. In a race which spans 37 counties from the panhandle to the permian basin, Republican Sen. Kel Seliger and Libertarian Steven Gibson of

Major news has been pouring out of Houston lately about plans to implement marijuana law enforcement reforms by getting rid of jail time and arrests. Both the District Attorney Devon Anderson and her Democratic opponent Kim Ogg have been squaring off for the general election in November with their own

After extensive contact with candidates running for all levels of government across the state, Texas NORML has released its 2014 voters’ guide. The non-profit sub-chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws surveyed candidates on a variety of marijuana related issues and compiled the responses into a