Last week’s announcement that State Sen. Kyle Janek of Houston isn’t seeking re-election has opened the gates of candidates rumored, potential and real. One name that’s surfaced is Gary Polland, a long-time conservative activist who lets his professional life (he’s a lawyer) fund his passion for right-thinking politics.

As the publisher of Texas Conservative Review, Gary has almost a decade of on-the-record of writing about the issues facing the state. He was against the margins tax before it was cool, and has been a strong, consistent voice for limiting the growth of government. he also has a pesky habit of being undeterred in his demands for fiscal accountability.

Even though Gary hasn’t yet announced, I know he’s looking seriously at making the run. He’s a candidate conservatives could be excited about supporting.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."