Houston businessman Andrew White has announced his candidacy for governor of Texas.
White announced his bid this morning in front of a group gathered in Houston. Introduced by Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), White announced his bid for the Democratic Party's nomination for governor, telling voters that he is tired of losing.
"My fellow Democrats, I know you’re tired of losing," White told those in attendance. "I am, too. If winning in November is important to you, then I’m your candidate."
White is the son of the late Governor Mark White. During his speech, White also said that he is not running because he is the son of Mark White, but rather because he wants more leaders like Mark White.
"I’m proud to be Mark White’s son, but I’m not running because I’m his son," White said. "I’m running because we need more leaders like Mark White. We need leaders who are willing to do right and risk their re-election."
Andrew White is the president of Sweat Equity Partners LP and Chairman of Geovox Security and Sweat Energy Services.
Today's announcement by White is the second major announcement by a Democratic contender for governor this week. Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced her candidacy yesterday. Other Democrats running include: former Balch Springs mayor Cedric Davis, hospice owner Tom Wakely, Dallas businessman Jeffrey Payne, businessman Joe Mumbach, financial advisor Adrian Ocegueda, Lee Weaver and retired teacher Grady Yarbrough.
Governor Greg Abbott and secessionist Larry SECEDE Kilgore are running for the Republican nomination. Attorney Kathie Glass and Kory Watkins are seeking the Libertarian nomination.
Candidates have until December 11th to file for a spot on the ballot. Primary election day is on March 6th.