Former Texas Real Estate Commissioner and Alamo Defender kicks-off campaign by honoring America’s Fallen on Memorial Day
San Antonio, Texas—Today, Conservative leader, grassroots activist, businessman, Alamo Defender, and former Texas Real Estate Commissioner Weston Martinez announced his candidacy to become Texas’ next Land Commissioner. Martinez has filed all the required documents with the Texas Ethics Commission so that he can begin campaigning across the Lone Star State, make political expenditures, and accept campaign contributions. His name will appear on the 2022 Republican Primary ballot. “I am announcing my campaign this Memorial Day as I travel across our state visiting those hallowed sites which honor the service and sacrifice of those brave Americans who gave the last full measure of devotion in defense of our nation, our freedoms, and the values we hold dear and which define our American identity and cherished way of life,” said Martinez. As Land Commissioner, Martinez will also serve as the Chairman of the Texas Veterans Land Board which oversees a host of programs supporting Texas’ veterans, active-duty military members, as well as the family members of deceased veterans and active-duty military members who are killed or die while in action. “There is no elected office in Texas government more closely engaged in supporting our veterans and their families or in honoring those heroes who have given so much to our state and nation than that of Commissioner of the General Land Office,” Martinez said. “I thought it fitting to spend my first day on the campaign trail focusing on those solemn duties which accompany this high office,” he added. Martinez will also visit the Alamo today as part of his Texas tour. The Alamo, the Shrine of Texas Independence, is overseen by the General Land Office. Martinez has been one the most vocal defenders of the Alamo and has helped lead the fight to protect the Alamo Cenotaph and push back against efforts by some to “reimagine the Alamo.” “The Alamo and the important battle that took place there in 1836 helped define Texas and the indomitable spirit of freedom, independence, and liberty that are the hallmarks of our state and distinguish Texans from others across the world,” Martinez added. “On this Memorial Day, I also wanted to honor and memorialize those courageous leaders who fought back and gave their all to prevent tyranny and to defend freedom. As Land Commissioner, I pledge to protect this sacred ground with the same fervor and tenacity as its original defenders,” he said. Martinez said that while he would outline his additional plans and public policy priorities for the General Land Office in the coming days and weeks, his announcement and tour today were more about his own personal reflections and preparations for the awesome responsibilities of this important office.