With Gov. Rick Perry announcing that he will not seek re-election next year, Texas’ top elected post is open with no incumbent running for the first time since 1990. Regardless of party, what attributes would you like to see in the state’s next leader, and what issues should be addressed in the 2014 campaign?As a native Texan, what would I like to see in the next election? A huge voter turnout so that everyone in the state gets represented instead of just the radical right and the Tea Party. Until recently in this state, the vast majority of the people who have been voting are those who hate anything and anyone who doesn't fit their moral and conservative notions. The result has been politicians moving further and further to the right to pander to a few more radical votes. Aren’t we fed up yet with the war on women, poor people, minorities and anything compassionate?C'mon, Texas, we’re better than this and it’s time to rise out of our recliners and kick the panderers out. And what would I want to see in a governor? Anyone who cares more for the people than he cares about his hair. — David Greenlee, ArlingtonClearly, Texas needs a leader who is well-educated, articulate and has a lot of common sense! That leader should be smart enough to know that one of the key issues to be addressed is education. Texas ranks close to the bottom in the quality of education. The achievement gaps are still too wide! Hopefully, the next leader will bring the state of Texas out of its state of embarrassment. — Dora Gonzales, ArlingtonVoters dream about an honest candidate who is resolute being elected to such a high office — but alas, they do not seem to exist these days. Where is Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan?The issues that should be addressed are government corruption, drains upon our economy by illegal immigrants, methods developed to reduce drug importation, plans to attain a united citizenry rather than a race-divided one, elimination of abortions, promoting equality within our justice system, reducing the expense of executions, implementing plans to solve our growing water problems, providing gun-control education, simplifying justice system procedures to prevent sentences being drawn out for years, strengthening the quality of our schools and avoiding being tied to the apron strings of a corrupted federal government. — Grady Fuller, KennedaleThe attributes for governor, are always and foremost integrity, honesty and being fiscally responsible and not profligate with Texas resources.Greg Abbott has thrown his hat into the ring of contenders for governor, and he has the wherewithal to run and win the election. His resume speaks for itself as to his qualifications, from being a state district judge, on to the Supreme Court and finally attorney general. If money is the power to win elections, Abbott owns the bank.State Sen. Wendy Davis would be conservative, and she doesn’t mind ‘combat duty’ in defending her pledge to her constituents. She doesn’t have a multi-layered resume of achievement, but she’s got standing and staying power, as she displayed with her recent filibuster. Given the chance, she’d make a good governor of the people and for the people. — Darlene Rogers, Fort WorthI heard Gov. Perry say he would not run for the office of governor again, and he was passing on the mantle of leadership.What a relief. I thought the mantle of leadership had been destroyed several years ago, never to be heard from again. I guess it was stowed away in a dark corner somewhere in Austin, gathering dust.Now that it has been dusted off and passed on, I hope it will be worn again by an honest and deserving individual who will listen and serve all Texans. — James D. Seaver, North Richland Hills
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