Mike Collier Set to Challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in 2022

Mike Collier Set to Challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in 2022

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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May 17, 2021

Democrat Mike Collier is set to challenge Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick again in 2022 and has been in contact with constituents and media outlets as part of his exploratory committee.

“This is a rematch, and it’s all about holding Dan Patrick accountable,” Collier said in an interview. He argues that two major recent events — the winter weather emergency and coronavirus pandemic — have shown “what poor leadership does in the state of Texas.”

In 2018, Collier was the Democratic nominee against Patrick and lost by 5 percentage points. The Houston account and energy expert has described the 2022 election as a “very winnable race” and has cited additional factors working in his favor, beyond the recent crises that have put a harsh spotlight on Texas Republican leaders, including President Joe Biden’s popularity.

A 2022 run would be Collier’s third statewide campaign, but Collier views his previous electoral defeats as advantages. “I think it’s an asset that I’ve run because it’s a big state, it’s a complicated state,” Collier said. “One of the reasons that we don’t win statewide is that the state is so large, and it takes a tremendous amount of experience and relationships” to win.

Collier has consistently listed public education as his primary priority, although other areas of legislative importance include healthcare, criminal justice, the electricity grid, property taxes, and water issues.

“We have a moral obligation to all of our young people so that they grow up and have critical thinking skills, they’re good citizens, employed, happy, and productive – public education. It has to be public education,” said Collier. “You really can’t talk about public education without talking about property taxes and the burden that is placed on homeowners and small businesses has gone up dramatically on Dan Patrick’s watch despite the fact that he’s been talking about it for a decade, he hasn’t done anything about it.”

Though he has acknowledged the need to raise more money than he did in 2018, Collier said his team has “already been in communication with the donors [for 2022] and we feel very bullish about that.”

“Biden, I believe, is going to be a very popular president because his policies make sense, and then we have COVID, and then we have an insurrection, and then we have a power crisis and all sorts of reasons for people to pay attention,” Collier said. “So you roll all that together, and I think it’s a very winnable race.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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