The following is a compilation of the unedited responses from Rick Range, candidate for Texas Land Commissioner, to the 2018 Amarillo Pioneer Voter Guide Questionnaire. Range is running in the March 6th Texas Republican primary against Davey Edwards, Jerry Patterson and incumbent George P. Bush. The winner of the Republican nomination will face the Democratic nominee in November.
Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office
Retired Teacher & Firefighter
Please list any of your political, civic or non-profit experience.
As a firefighter, we were involved in a number of civic activities: Boot-on-the-corner for charity, Toys for Tots, etc.
What is your educational background?
B.M.E from West Texas State University in Canyon
What experience do you have that qualifies you for this position?
Teaching, first responder, family involvement in oil & gas, Alamo & Texas War for Independence researcher for a dozen years. Member of multiple Alamo-related societies and associations.
What will be your top priority, if elected?
Untangle the responsibility and financial web associated with the Alamo restoration project. Implement the plan approved 3 years ago by the State Legislature.
What should the future be for the historic Alamo site?
Rather than a theme-park-like place as viewed by politically-correct incumbents, the Legislature's approved plan establishes a reverent and thought-provoking experience.
What are your plans for overseeing the administration of the Permanent School Fund?
Every oil and gas lease on public lands must be crafted in such a way as to provide the most income for that fund.
In regards to veterans programs at the GLO, do you have any plans to change or improve any of the current programs overseen by the office?
Veterans must first know about programs available to them. We will ensure they get that information and streamline the process of applying and obtaining the support they need.
Are you supported by any political action committees? If so, which ones?
None at the time of questionnaire completion.
Do you have any aspirations for higher office?
Why should voters choose you in 2018?
I'm not a career politician. I'm a multi-generation Texan who loves his state and its history, especially that of the Alamo. I'll champion its appropriate preparation.