Former Mayor John Cook running for statewide office

Former Mayor John Cook running for statewide office

POSTED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 2:11pm

UPDATED: Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 5:47pm

He stepped down as mayor just three weeks ago, and former Mayor John Cook is already throwing his hat back into the political ring. Cook confirmed today that he is running for State Land Commissioner.

The 67 year-old is the first Democrat to enter the race, but he will face some tough competition. Republican George P. Bush is also running. He's the nephew of former President George W. Bush and has already raised two million dollars for his campaign. No Democrat has won a statewide election since 1994.

The Texas Land Commissioner is the oldest continuously elected position in Texas history, dating back to 1836. Currently, the Commissioner is responsible for managing billions of dollars of state assets, investments and mineral rights. He also serves as Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board and as chair of several other key state boards and commissions.

There have been 27 Commissioners of the Texas General Land Office since 1836. Mayor Cook says if he's elected, he would split his time between El Paso and Austin.

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