In my previous interview, I mentioned that the two Democratic candidates for Ag Commissioner that I had spoken to were very different from each other. (There is a third candidate in the race, but I have not seen any evidence of campaign activity from him.) Where Kinky Friedman is his iconoclastic self, Hugh Fitzsimons is exactly the sort of person you think of when you hear the words “Texas Agriculture Commissioner”. A native of San Antonio, Fitsimons is a rancher on land that has been in his family for four generations, raising bisons and cultivating wild honey. A former history teacher, Fitzsimons has based his campaign on meeting Texas’ water needs and coping with climate change. His knowledge of the issues gained him the Chronicle endorsement for the primary. We covered a lot of ground in our conversation:
You can see all of my interviews as well as finance reports and other information on candidates on my 2014 Election page.