George P. Bush runs for Texas Land Commissioner

George P. Bush runs for Texas Land Commissioner

George P. Bush runs for Texas Land Commissioner

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by Mayra Moreno / KENS 5

kvue.com

Posted on February 21, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 12:19 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- He's seen as a rising young star in the Republican Party: George P. Bush is running for Texas Land Commissioner, a low-key position that some in the GOP hope will lead to higher offices down the road.

Bush is the newest face of the "Bush Dynasty" to step into politics. KENS 5, KVUE's sister station in San Antonio, spoke with him via Skype as he was on the road during his campaign tour.

"It's been a fascinating experience the last five weeks, hitting over 30 cities in our great state," Bush said with a big smile.

Bush has been campaigning for Land Commissioner for 15 months. The 37-year-old energy consultant has a famous last name as the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, the nephew of former President George W. Bush and the grandson of former President George H.W. Bush.

"I've been active in politics for some time, as you can imagine, being a member of the Bush family," he said.

He carries his name with pride but said he has his own platform and is out to prove himself. The pro-life, pro-gun and pro-energy candidate is bilingual, and he's been dubbed "the Hispanic George Bush." His mother was born in Mexico. In Laredo, he addressed voters in Spanish.

"It's time for the next generation to step forward in state leadership," Bush said.

While Republicans are wondering whether this is the beginning of a big future in politics for Bush, the candidate said that right now, he is just focused on winning his primary election race March 4.

"My priority it trying to win this primary and face off the general election challenger to be the next Texas Land Commissioner," Bush said.

Bush is squaring off against Republican businessman David Watts. Watts has told media it's time for a change. He too has been hitting the campaign trail hard. In January, he tweeted a picture with a list of Texas cities labeled his "Pickup Truck Tour."

Whoever wins the Republican Primary will face off against former El Paso Mayor John Cook in November.

"We were very blessed not to draw an opponent," said Cook, who has put about $20,000 of his won money into the campaign.

Cook said he's running because he's passionate about issues like veterans' affairs, and he hopes to make history. Texas has never had a candidate from El Paso elected for statewide office.

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