In the entire history of government-printed ballots (which began in 1903 in Texas), no independent candidate for Governor or any other statewide state office has ever appeared on the ballot. However, this year, two prominent individuals are expected to run as independents for Governor. One is entertainer and writer Kinky Friedman; the other is Texas Comptroller Carole Strayhorn.
Texas has always had difficult requirements for independent candidates for statewide office. They have always needed a petition of 1% of the last gubernatorial vote (except that presidential independents, since 1977, have needed 1% of the last presidential vote). However, minor party ballot access in Texas was very easy before 1967. No petition was required for new or small parties before 1967, so potential independent candidates in Texas merely started their own parties and got on the ballot easily that way.