Texas eighth-graders wait for their first new governor

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Tuesday, Texas will have its first new governor in 14 years. When voters elected Gov. Rick Perry in 2000, “American Beauty” won the Oscar for best picture, “West Wing” the Emmy for best TV series, and Santana’s “Smooth” grabbed the Grammy for record of the year.

14-year-old Whit Allee’s room is filled with books, a pet rat named Bobby, and his rock collection. “They’re just really cool colors and shapes,” said Whit. His eighth-grade classmates and everybody younger lived in Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas. So what does he know about him?

“Has been governor of Texas for a really long time, and he’s running for president,” Whit said.

That’s the rumor. Whit lives through a historic time when the tenth-longest governor in U.S. history will give over the reins. Does Whit know anything about this new guy Gov. elect-Greg Abbott?

“Not really. I know his name,” he said.

Whit just got back from a family camping trip and hopes Abbott upgrades state parks.

“More wildlife would be cool,” said Whit.

After his brother had brain surgery, Whit wants to be a neurosurgeon and hopes the we have the best colleges to dive into brains.

“I would like to stay in Texas and not have to move far away … so good colleges with good neurology courses,” he said.

Abbott should pay attention. In four years, when he’s running for re-election, Whit can vote.

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