Webb County Democrats hosting candidate forum in Laredo

May 12, 2022
Chandler France

The Webb County Democratic Party will host a candidate forum in Laredo on May 16, according to a tweet from the organization. The forum will feature four statewide Democratic candidates running for multiple positions, with some of the candidates still vying for a spot on the November ballot and facing a runoff election on May 24.

The candidates participating in the forum are Mike Collier, Jay Kelberg, Susan Hays and Janet Dudding, the tweet said. Hays has secured her spot on the November ticket for Agriculture Commissioner, while Collier, Kleberg and Dudding are all running in the primary runoff election to gain the Democratic nomination for their respective races.

The meet and greet on Monday will be held at Danny’s Restaurant located at 4320 McPherson Ave. Monday is also the first day of early voting for the primary runoff with the last day to vote early on May 20.


Janet Dudding

A certified public accountant, Dudding will face a runoff election on May 24 against Angel Luis Vega for the Democratic nomination for Comptroller. In March, Dudding received 46.3% of the Democratic vote, while Vega won 34.5%, according to the election results. The winner will face incumbent Republican Glenn Hegar, who is seeking a third term.

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Progress Texas 2022 primary runoff endorsements

May 12, 2022

As the state's sole accountant and chief financial officer, the Texas Comptroller is in charge of how our taxes are handled. Their responsibilities include maintaining the state’s finances, collecting taxes and fees, paying agencies’ bills, and issuing paychecks to state employees.

Janet Dudding is a long-time certified public accountant who began her governmental accounting career with the Office of the State Auditor, investigating allegations that governmental officials had embezzled taxpayer money. She’s spent her professional life holding governments accountable to people, not special interests.

Dudding wants to use the office to speak out on policies affecting Texas’ economy, and urge the Legislature to spend taxes more wisely. Dudding has pointed out ways Texas is wasting money, including our state’s failure to expand Medicaid and failure to prepare for climate disasters. Her platform includes legalizing/decriminalizing recreational cannabis, reducing methane emissions on state-owned land, expanding broadband internet expansion, and more.

Dudding’s approach to the comptroller’s office would be backed by decades of financial experience. We trust her to use our taxpayer dollars wisely and for the benefit of the state.

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Comptroller top choices: GOP Hegar vs. Dudding

February 2, 2022
San Antonio Express News Editorial Board

On the Democratic side, we recommend Janet Dudding, a certified public accountant who lives in the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area.

What sets Dudding apart is her accounting experience, acumen and passion for this office.

She knows the issues and spent much of our Editorial Board meeting hammering Hegar over his initial comments about 313 agreements...

"It is very disconcerting that he would propose to reduce reporting on corporate giveaways" she said.

She raised concerns about why so many of these agreements are approved and whether clawhack provisions are enforced when corporations fall short on their promises.

Her understanding of finance could be used to advocate for policy changes on other issues such as legalization of marijuana, expanding health care and addressing carbon emissions.

The Texas comptroller of public accounts doesn't get much attention, but a Dudding-Hegar race would be fascinating. Having two quality candidates debate policies and offer competing visions would be a service to all Texans.

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Bryan CPA announces run for Texas Comptroller

December 13, 2021
Adrienne DeMoss

BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - Janet Dudding, a Bryan CPA and former candidate for State House in District 14, has announced her bid for State Comptroller of Public Accounts.

Dudding began her career in the office of then-Mississippi State Auditor Ray Mabus where she investigated white-collar crime.

“Texas state government is a $200 billion-a-year enterprise, and Glenn Hegar — the person making sure the system stays honest — is a part of the system itself,” Dudding said. “We need a Comptroller who is truly independent, who will keep a watchful eye on every nickel taxpayers send to Austin, and who will make sure the government stays accountable to the people we serve.”

Dudding and her husband moved to Bryan-College Station after Hurricane Katrina destroyed her hometown of Bay-Waveland, Mississippi in 2005. She served as College Station’s budget manager and then as assistant director of finance. She moved back to her home state to oversee the post-Katrina financial recovery, shore up cash reserves and rehire the municipal workforce. Upon returning to Bryan-College Station she began work at Texas A&M.

Currently, Dudding is treasurer of College Station Noon Lions Club, on the Executive Board of the Brazos County Branch of the NAACP, president of the Texas Democratic Women of the Brazos Valley, and a member of the Bryan Rotary Club, the Bryan-College Station Chamber of Commerce, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, Governmental Financial Officers Association of Texas, the Texas A&M Women’s Club, the A&M Garden Club, the Arts Council of the Brazos Valley, the Brazos Valley African American Museum and Brazos County Retired School Personnel.

She and her husband James are members of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Bryan.

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