Sid Miller Announces Re-election Campaign for Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Releases “Big 100” list of Republican and Conservative Leaders supporting his re-election; names Ted Nugent as campaign chairman
Austin, Texas—Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today formally announced his re-election campaign for the office he was first elected to in 2014. Miller, the state’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture, also named his Re-election Campaign Chairman and released an impressive list of 100 key Republican and conservative leaders who have endorsed him for re-election in the 2018 Republican Primary and General Elections.
As Ag Commissioner, Sid Miller cracked down on companies skirting laws meant to protect consumers. His “Operation Maverick” ensured places like pawn shops registered their scales for accuracy to avoid ripping off consumers. He increased gas pump inspections to make sure Texans get the quality gas they pay for. And, thanks to Sid Miller, every inspected fuel pump is checked for illegal credit card skimmers. His dramatic reform of the Texas Department of Agriculture has saved hundreds of thousands of dollars for Texas taxpayers.
Commissioner Miller also transformed the school nutrition program in Texas by eliminating state mandates, improving local control and encouraging more farm fresh foods in school lunchrooms. He fought back against Michelle Obama’s left-wing, feel-good nutrition nonsense that created healthy trashcans instead of healthy kids. Instead, he created Farm Fresh Fridays to connect Texas farmers with Texas schools so our kids get more local produce in the lunchroom.
Since taking office, Sid Miller and his staff have visited every continent on the globe – except Antarctica – to promote Texas products. His historic visit to China led the way to opening the Chinese market to Texas beef for the first time in decades. During a landmark visit to Israel and the West Bank, Sid Miller reignited the Texas-Israel relationship and was the first Texas Agriculture Commissioner recognized by the Israeli Knesset, or parliament.
“Texas is a place like no other. In today’s world, Texas is a beacon for patriotism, rugged individualism and courage,” Commissioner Miller said. “I’ve spent these last few years telling the Texas story everywhere I go. I’m announcing my campaign re-election because I want to continue to fight for these values that have always made Texas great. With God’s help . . . and a little cowboy logic . . . we can keep Texas on the right trail.”
Miller also named rock and roll legend, 2nd Amendment activist, and National Rifle Association Board Member Ted Nugent as his Re-election Campaign Chairman. Nugent, a resident of China Spring, Texas also continues to serve as Miller’s campaign treasurer.
“Ted Nugent is a freedom loving patriot and an outspoken defender of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms,” said Miller. “Ted has stood by my side since 2013 and I am honored that he has agreed to assume the larger role of Campaign Chairman,“ added Miller.
Miller noted that, like him, Nugent is a major social media influencer with over 3,350,000 Facebook and almost 335,000 Twitter followers.
“When you combine our Facebook followers, Ted and I collectively reach millions of Texas voters every week on Facebook and Twitter,” Commissioner Miller said. “There are very few Texans who have that kind of reach. I am proud to say that I have the most engaged social media family of any Texas elected official,” Miller added.
With his announcement, Commissioner Miller also released an impressive list of 100 key Republican and conservative leaders who have formally endorsed his re-election campaign. Dubbed the “Big 100” the list reads like a veritable who’s who of Texas and National Republican leaders past and present, including state and national leaders like former Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom Delay, and former Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
The list includes two former Secretaries of State—George Strake, Jr. and Jack Rains as well as five former State Chairs of the Republican Party of Texas, six former Republican Party of Texas vice-chairs, six current or former Republican National Committee members, five former chairs of the Texas Republican County Chairman’s Association, and most of the current elected members of the Texas State Republican Executive Committee.
“I am so proud to have earned the support and endorsement of so many of our state’s most influential political leaders,” said Commissioner Miller. “Together, they have constituencies in the hundreds of thousands and include our state’s most politically active and engaged Republican Primary voters,” Miller added.
Additionally, those who have endorsed Commissioner Miller’s re-election campaign include the leaders of some of the state’s most well-respected and influential conservative political organizations.
The list includes Michael Quinn Sullivan of Empower Texans and Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Jim and Elizabeth Graham of Texas Right to Life, Kyleen Wright of the Texans for Life Coalition, Kelly Shackelford of the Texas Liberty Institute, Jonathan Saenz of Texas Values Action, Tim Lambert of the Texas Home School Coalition, Julie White McCarty of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, and Ann Hettinger of Concerned Women of America. Collectively, the groups led by these conservative leaders have hundreds of thousands of members, all of whom are active participants in Texas’ Republican Primary.
Miller also noted that his endorsement list included the names of three conservative leaders who collectively send out endorsement slate cards to millions of Texas primary voters each election cycle. Dr. Steve Hotze, the President of United Republicans of Texas, former Harris County Republican Chair Gary Polland, the Editor-in-Chief of The Texas Conservative Review, and Terry Lowry, the Editor and Publisher of The Link Letter have all endorsed Miller’s re-election campaign.
The first day to file with the Republican Party of Texas is Veterans Day, Saturday, November 11th. Miller said out of respect for all Texas veterans, he will wait until early next week to officially file his candidacy for re-election as Commissioner of Agriculture. Miller is well-known for his Facebook posts honoring men and women of the United States armed forces who gave their life for their country.
He noted that today’s release of endorsements is just the first and that additional major endorsements from other Republican leaders, agriculture leaders and trade associations, and from the state’s many Tea Party groups would be coming in the days ahead.
“Our campaign has never been stronger,” Miller said. “I am honored to have the active support of the conservative leaders we have announced today, as well as the support of the more than half a million members of TEAM MILLER—our social media family. While, at present, I have no announced opposition in the Republican Primary, I am ready for all comers and look forward to once again being my party’s nominee for Commissioner of Agriculture,” Miller concluded.