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Texas Lieutenant Governor forum

The Lieutenant Governor of Texas is the second-highest executive office in the state and we spoke to candidates vying for the seat in Tuesday's primary.

Drought conditions and the oil and gas industry are two topics that are very important to all these candidates.

The four candidates include Incumbent David Dewhurst, Commissioner of General Land and Office Jerry Patterson, Ag Commissioner Todd Staples, and Senator Dan Patrick.

Dewhurst was in our studio and says drought conditions are on the top of his list. "We have got to make sure that we have enough water for cities, for consumers, for an industry, and for agriculture, and that is why as soon as I came into legislature back in 2003 and 2004. I started working on water bills. The first bill I passed was Senate Bill 4 to set aside the footprints of 19 reservoirs, and then I helped write proposition 6."

We interviewed Patterson on Skype who explained conservation is key to saving our water. "The biggest incremental availability for the least amount of money is conservation. You know, we are going to have to move away from the fact that everybody thinks they can grow a golf course at every at every residential lot they have across Texas."

Commissioner Staples also joined us on Skype, he touched on making sure Texas maintains jobs in the oil and gas industry. "We have had booming exportation of oil and gas, not because of the president but in spite of him. As I Lieutenant Governor I want to make sure that we keep our regulations fair. But that we also look at a two year budget cycle. When it comes to making sure we keep those jobs here in Texas it is important that we don't spend more than we take in."

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