August 8, 2013
Contact: Hampton Williams,

State Republican Executive Committee members from around Texas are voicing their support for rancher and property rights attorney Eric Opiela, an indication of strong grassroots support for his bid for Agriculture Commissioner.

“To win the race for Agriculture Commissioner, it takes a broad network of grassroots activists,” Opiela said. “And I’m proud to have just that sort of network on my team.”

“Over the past decade I’ve had the honor working alongside so many dedicated and inspiring individuals to promote the cause of conservatism in Texas, from serving as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Texas to representing property rights associations and pro-life groups in the legislature,” he added. “I’m proud to have the support of these individuals and am excited to take our message of protecting rural Texas.”

State Republican Executive Committee members endorsing Opiela are:

Michael Truncale (District 4, Beaumont)
Megan Higginbotham (District 5, Georgetown)
Glenda Bowles (District 6, Houston)
Rex Teter (District 6, Pasadena)
Bill Eastland (District 9, Arlington)
Dennis Paul (District 11, Webster)
Tom Washington (District 12, Carrollton)
Marvin Clede (District 17, Houston)
Tina Gibson (District 17, Sugarland)
Ben Zeller (District 18, Victoria)
Bob Jones (District 20, Corpus Christi)
Naomi Narvaiz (District 21, San Marcos)
Janet Jackson (District 22, Clifton)
Joy Ellinger (District 24, Abilene)
George Antuna (District 25, Schertz)
Linda Kinney (District 25, Dripping Springs)
Johnny Lovejoy (District 26, San Antonio)
Marian Stanko (District 26, San Antonio)

Eric Opiela is a fifth generation rancher from Karnes City, Texas. As a property rights advocate, Opiela has fought overreaching federal government agencies and currently serves as Chairman of the South Texans’ Property Rights Association’s Eminent Domain Committee. Opiela also serves as president of the Karnes City Independent School District Foundation. Eric and his wife, Lara, split time between Karnes City and Austin with their two children, Natalie and Ryan.

Current Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is vacating the seat. The primary will be held March 4, 2014.

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