The Washington Times - November 20, 2013, 09:53AM

George Prescott Bush, the nephew and grandson of former Presidents George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, respectively, has officially filed to run for Texas land commissioner.

Mr. Bush arrived at the Republican Party of Texas office in Austin mid-afternoon Tuesday with campaign workers and his wife, the Houston Chronicle reported.


Jerry Patterson, the current land commissioner, is trying to become the state’s lieutenant governor.

George P. Bush, a 37-year-old lawyer, is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and his wife, Columba, who is Mexican. He announced his intention to seek statewide office last year.

Mark P. Jones, who chairs Rice University’s political science department, told the Chronicle he expects Mr. Bush to easily win in the March primary and in November’s general election.

“The Republican Party desperately needs to demonstrate having a bigger tent,” Mr. Jones said. Mr. Bush “adds diversity in terms of ethnicity and his generation.”

Businessman David Watts is also running as a Republican, and former El Paso Mayor John Cook has filed to run in the Democratic primary.