What are the three main attributes that make you the most qualified for this position?
I am a state licensed geologist with a technical background in groundwater hydrogeology. I am employed in the Groundwater Advisory Unit at the RRC; I regularly use geophysical logs to estimate earth properties in the subsurface and bring technical and earth science experience over political experience to an agency that regulates the natural resource-related industries in Texas.
What are the three main reasons you are running for this office? Do you see any potential conflicts of interest?
a. The belief in the need for technical experience in policy-making leadership positions for agencies that regulate/manage the natural resources of the state.
b. Continue RRC practice of responsible regulation of the Texas energy industry, while not overregulating, which would place unnecessary pressure on already stressed commodities’ markets.
c. Experience at the Railroad of Commission of Texas provides me an advantage of knowing many of the agency functions, thereby increasing the efficiency of the start-up period during a new commissioner’s term.
What differentiates you from your opponents?
I bring technical experience and a geological background to a state agency that is charged with responsibly regulating the energy resources of the state in order to protect the citizens and natural resources of the state, while simultaneously maintaining a viable energy industry in the State of Texas.
What is the most important problem you see that needs to be addressed by the position your running for and what do you propose to solve it?
I believe the largest issue that face the Railroad Commission will face in the next two years is statutorily mandated sunset review. The months-long review will occur soon and the recommendations that arise from the review could affect agency funding as well as current agency functions. This coupled with depressed commodity markets, which generate less revenue for the state government, could create interesting challenges in the near future.
Civic, Political or union organization or individuals to whom you have contributed (five years):
List all individuals/groups you have represented or lobbied for before any governmental entity during the past five years.
None. I am not a lawyer or lobbyist. I am a geoscientist.