AUSTIN (KXAN) — Republican Glenn Hegar won the position of Texas’ next top accountant after being challenged by Democrat Janet Dudding.

Texas comptroller, also known as the state’s chief financial officer, is tasked with appropriating, managing and reporting Texas’ multi-billion dollar budget. The agency monitors the economy and communicates with the state legislature in planning the budget.

The comptroller does not have the power to decide how Texas spends its money but can make recommendations to the legislature. 

Hegar received 4,486,094 votes (56.44%), Dudding got 3,251,461 votes (40.90%) and Libertarian Alonzo Echevarria-Garza got 211,542 votes (2.66%).

Both candidates have addressed important issues to Texas voters — property taxes, broadband expansion and the legalization of marijuana.

Hegar will serve a third term. Dudding is a certified public accountant from Bryan-College Station who is touting her experience as a governmental accountant.