July 8, 2013

Just minutes ago Rep. Stefani Carter announced a campaign for Texas railroad commissioner.

If elected in 2014, the Dallas Republican will become the first black woman elected to the commission.

Carter has served two terms in the Texas House, representing North Dallas.

She will be joined in the race by Dallas businessman Malachi Boyuls and geologist Becky Berger of Schulenburg.

The incumbent, Republican Barry Smitherman, is expected to leave the commissioner and run for attorney general.

Carter is a Harvard-trained lawyer and former Collin County prosecutor.

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