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Candidate Profile: Chrysta Castañeda for Texas Railroad Commissioner

The only chance Progressives have in a Texas statewide race this year is Chrysta Castañeda for Railroad Commissioner. Castañeda won the Democratic Primary Run-off to challenge James Wright in the Texas Railroad Commissioner Election in November.

“Chrysta Castañeda is an engineer, a lawyer, a community leader, and a mom. After receiving her degree in industrial engineering from Kansas State University, Chrysta earned her law degree from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, where she graduated cum laude.” – Chrysta Castañeda Campaign 

She has received endorsements from ANNIE’S List, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Progress Texas, Liberal Austin Democrats, and more

“Chrysta will work tirelessly to stop the waste and abuse of our precious natural resources. As both an engineer and a lawyer, she knows the law and she knows that technology can help get us out of this mess. She has worked in the industry for over three decades, representing all kinds of people: royalty owners, landowners, operators, investors, and service companies. Chrysta has the right experience and education to make the Railroad Commission a better place and improve the environment for all Texans.” – Chrysta Castañeda Campaign

Castañeda hopes to bring an environmental perspective to the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees oil and gas. She hopes to make the commission enforce environmental laws that are already on the books to protect Texas against the bad practices of the industry.  

To learn more about where Castañeda stands on issues, click here

The Railroad Commission of Texas was originally established in 1891to prevent discrimination in railroad charges and establish reasonable tariffs. Their mission has evolved to provide stewardship of natural resources and the environment in Texas. It is the oldest regulatory agency in the state. There are three commissioners serving in staggered terms. Castañeda seeks to fill the seat of Ryan Sitton, who lost in the Republican primary in March.

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