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Christi Craddick defeated state Rep. Warren Chisum for the Republican nomination for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, which has nothing to do with trains but regulates oil and gas exploration statewide.

Craddick will face Democrat Dale Henry in November’s general election for the Place 1 seat on the three-member commission.

Born in Midland, Craddick is an Austin oil and gas attorney whose father is former Texas House Speaker Tom Craddick. Chisum has been a Texas lawmaker for more than 25 years.

All the candidates for the board campaigned against overregulation by the Environmental Protection Agency and said the Railroad Commission’s name should be changed to reflect its true duties.

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