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Railroad Commissioner Candidate Speaks Exclusively With NewsWest 9

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by Kristen Lowe
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND- Malachi Boyuls is running for Texas Railroad Commissioner.

The 34-year-old made the announcement on Monday and his first stop was the Permian Basin. Boyuls, who is originally from Fredericksburg, is ad energy investment specialist and former attorney.  

Boyuls believes in expanding freedom from government intrusion and determining the difference between good regulation and bad regulation.

"Bad regulation is anything that increases inefficiencies," he said. "Requiring the producers or the pipelines to do things that aren't necessary for the safety of Texas or Texans but just red tape."

James Beauchamp, with the Permian Basin Coalition, says that the Railroad Commission has a huge backlog because of funding cuts.

As far as fracking goes, Boyuls believes some changes can be made.

"We need to think about how we dispose of that water, whether we increase recycling in some capacity, that is one of the primary safety concerns," Boyuls said.

If he is elected, Boyuls will be the youngest elected official in the state.