Current Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is weighing in on George P. Bush’s plans to run for his seat. In an email statement, Patterson said he and Bush spoke, before the official announcement.

He issued this statement:

“For some months now, George P. Bush has explored an interest in running for the open seat of Land Commissioner. Yesterday, he called me to let me know about his intentions to formally file for the statewide office which I currently hold. As you know, I intend to be the next Lieutenant Governor of Texas and am focusing my political interest on that race.”