When Kim Olson, a third-generation farmer and retired U.S. Air Force colonel, announced her candidacy against current Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, she took the Texas roads with the goal — much like fellow Democrat Beto O’Rourke — of visiting every county in Texas.
She also knew it would be an uphill climb — her party hasn’t won a statewide race since 1994. It has been hinted that some have Miller’s social media antics and what they feel are ethics violations, and point to the paucity of endorsements for Miller as evidence of that.
The state agriculture commissioner oversees school lunch programs, trade and market development for commodities like cattle, and regulates fuel pumps, among other things. We had a quick chat with Olson a few weeks ago about what she has learned while campaigning. Answers have been lightly edited for brevity and clarity. (more…)