Along with the rest of the world, seemingly, state Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, will consider running for state comptroller in 2014.
In a media release sent Wednesday afternoon, Williams announced that he will “explore a possible 2014 candidacy” following the announcement that the current state comptroller, Susan Combs, would retire at the end of her term.
Williams said he would not begin his exploratory campaign until after the end of the legislature’s current special session, which entered its third day on Wednesday.
“I plan to stay focused on the special session priorities and will continue my effort to help solve our state’s transportation funding challenges,” Williams said in the release.
Williams, who is the president of a financial services company by trade, was first elected to the state senate in 2003. His current term, which he won handily over libertarian Bob Townsend in 2012, does not expire until 2016. Prior to serving in the senate, he was a state representative from 1997 to 2002.
He is currently the chairman of the senate finance committee
With the announcement Williams joins a handful of other politicians in announcing their interest in the seat, including state Sen. Glenn Hager, R-Katy; state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran, R-Kerrville; and former gubernatorial candidate and Tea Party activist Debra Medina. Former House speaker Tom Craddick is also rumored to be “seriously looking” at the comptroller’s race.
Former state Rep. Raul Torres, R-Corpus Christi, announced last week he would run as well.