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Merritt, Miller continue campaign in Republican runoff for ag commissioner

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LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Longview businessman Tommy Merritt served in the state house seven terms until 2010.
He's now in a heated runoff for the republican nomination for ag commissioner against another ex-state representative.
CBS caught up with Merritt, who says he wants to promote the agriculture industry.
Nine days until early voting in the May 27 Republican Runoff for Texas ag commissioner, and Longview's Tommy Merritt has racked up key endorsements from the Houston Chronicle, Harris County G.O.P. Political Action Committee and the dallas morning news.
"I'm the one for that job," Merritt says.
Still, he's criss-crossing the state, campaigning in his uphill battle against Stephenville rancher Sid Miller --
 "I have 250 thousand miles on my truck," Merritt says, "and I ran out of gas last night driving home."
Merritt says he wants more state oversight of appraisal districts, tax reforms, less tax burden on the agriculture industry, and to encourage more young people to pursue an ag career.
"As an entrepreneur, someone who grew businesses, I want to cover the state and tell them how successful a young person can be in this business," he says. "I think we've lacked that."
Miller, Merritt's opponent, is running on a pro-life, pro-gun platform, and says water is the state's biggest issue. He tells CBS 19, it's less about building more reservoirs and more about stopping what he calls overreach from the federal government.
"We're going to have to do a better job of managing our water resources, and I intend to be the point man on that, the tip of the spear," Miller says.
Early voting starts Monday, May 19.
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