Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally launches 2018 re-election bid - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott formally launches 2018 re-election bid

Gov. Abbott announces he's running for governor in San Antonio on July 14, 2017.  (Source: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune) Gov. Abbott announces he's running for governor in San Antonio on July 14, 2017. (Source: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune)

SAN ANTONIO – Greg Abbott is running for governor again.

The governor formally launched his re-election campaign to a crowd of sign-waving supporters and friends Friday, not far from where he launched his first bid for the state’s highest office four years ago.

"To keep Texas the best very state in the United States, I am running for reelection as governor of the great state of Texas," Abbott said to cheers.

Abbott has more than $30 million in campaign funds on hand and currently faces no serious Democratic or primary challengers. In the 2014 gubernatorial race, Abbott beat Democrat Wendy Davis by 20 percentage points. He has previously said he intends to run for re-election. Friday's speech followed a series of teasers from Abbott on social media about the re-election campaign.

During his speech, Abbott both reviewed previous legislative achievements and set out a vision for the state's future, saying that he wanted to increase pay for teachers, fight human trafficking in Texas, and reform the property tax system.

"Believe it or not there are some lawmakers in Austin who actually want to raise your taxes," Abbott said. "I am running for governor to make sure that never happens."

Abbott’s announcement comes just days before the beginning of a special session of the Texas Legislature, the state's first since Abbott became governor. Lawmakers will return to Austin to tackle an ambitious and wide-ranging agenda from Abbott that includes property taxes, school finance reform and a “bathroom bill” that seeks to restrict which bathrooms transgender Texans can use. 

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/14/gov-greg-abbott-announce-re-election/.

Texas Tribune mission statement

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

  • Local News on KCBD.comNewsMore>>

  • Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Spicer out, Sanders and Scaramucci rise in Trump shake-up

    Saturday, July 22 2017 3:20 AM EDT2017-07-22 07:20:28 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:41 AM EDT2017-07-22 12:41:15 GMT

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

    As Sean Spicer prepares to leave White House, Sarah Huckabee Sanders to take over as press secretary and Anthony Scaramucci as head of the presidential communications team.

  • Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

    Minneapolis chief resigns after shooting of Australian woman

    Saturday, July 22 2017 1:49 AM EDT2017-07-22 05:49:17 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 8:22 AM EDT2017-07-22 12:22:45 GMT

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

    Minneapolis police chief says she wants to let 'fresh set of leadership eyes' be in charge of department, resigns amid criticism over shooting of Australian woman who had called 911.

  • 149 dogs rescued from dog eating festival

    149 dogs rescued from dog eating festival

    Saturday, July 22 2017 6:22 AM EDT2017-07-22 10:22:19 GMT
    Saturday, July 22 2017 6:22 AM EDT2017-07-22 10:22:19 GMT

    Humane Society International rescued 149 dogs in all from deplorable conditions.

    Humane Society International rescued 149 dogs in all from deplorable conditions.

Powered by Frankly