- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Democrats have nominated party activist and organizer Steve Brown for an open seat on the state Railroad Commission.

Brown beat Dale Henry in Tuesday’s primary, advancing to the November general election.

The Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industries in Texas. Commissioner Barry Smitherman is leaving office to run for state attorney general.

Brown says he wants to modernize the agency and help facilitate energy production while protecting the environment. He is a former Democratic Party Chairman for Fort Bend County.

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