Whitehouse rancher running for governor

By Anissa Centers - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas rancher thinks he can convince Texans to vote for a Democratic governor. Thursday, Hank Gilbert of Whitehouse announced he's running for governor of Texas. He says his background as a fiscally conservative small business owner will help him appeal to Republicans.

"Number one, I don't think you need to spend money you don't have," said Gilbert. "I don't think you need to borrow, not only your future, but future generations into debt. I believe in a pay as you go system. We used to use be a pay as you go system in this state. Under this administration, we've been in a tax and borrow method."

This is not Gilbert's first bid for office. In 2006, he won 42% of the vote for Commissioner of Agriculture against Republican Todd Staples.

To watch more of Anissa's interview with Hank Gilbert, click on the video in the upper right corner of this page.

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