Uvalde Mayor J. Allen Carnes stopped over in Abilene on Wednesday to stump as he attempts to become the state’s next agriculture commissioner.
Carnes, a 38-year-old Republican, is running for a post being vacated by incumbent Todd Staples, who plans to run for lieutenant governor against incumbent David Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston.
The primary election will be March 2014. The general election will be November 2014.
During Wednesday’s stopover, Carnes said a farm crisis exists in Texas today.
“Our population is booming, the demand for food production is exploding, our water resources are dwindling and fewer people are choosing farming and ranching as a profession,” Carnes said.
Carnes said he will work to “protect agriculture, encourage a new generation of farmers and ranchers, promoted healthy living, and conserve our natural resources.”
Touted as a farmer, agriculture producer and family man, Carnes has served as mayor of Uvalde since mid-2012. Carnes owns Winter Garden Produce, runs a family farm and served on the Uvalde City Council before serving as mayor.
Other Republicans running for agriculture commissioner in the March primary are former state GOP Executive Director Eric Opiela, of Karnes City, and state Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Montgomery. No Democrats have announced plans to run for the post.