The Woodlands, January 3 – Woodlands resident Ron Keichline has filed as a democratic candidate to run for Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner against the Republican nominee on the November 6, 2018 ballot.
“As a Boy Scout, I learned you always leave a campsite in better shape than you found it. To my way of thinking, our existing infrastructure is an investment that our parents and grandparents made in our country. Maintaining and improving local roads, bridges, utilities, and other county services – that’s an ongoing responsibility we have to our children and grandchildren,” said Keichline. “I am determined to make sure I use taxpayer’s dollars responsibly to benefit all Montgomery County residents.”
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, asked two questions to Keichline to which he responded quickly:
Question#1: Do you support or oppose the construction of Tx-249 Tollway without a voter referendum on it first?Keichline’s Answer: Personally, I am not a big fan of tollways in general as they are by their nature inequitable and disproportionally affect low-income residents (as the toll is de facto a road use tax). My opinion on the subject is that public roads should be equally available to all residents and visitors. That said, I am committed to following the law and the will of the voters: should such a referendum be approved I would act in my capacity to implement the project on-time and within budget. Furthermore, I understand that there are different types of bonds that may be used to pay for such projects (general obligation bonds vs revenue bonds, for instance) and the specific details need to be understood before I can make a definitive, blanket statement on TX-249.Question #2: What are the main issues that you believe are critical for the Precinct 2 County Commissioner that you’d like to address if you win?Keichline’s Answer: I have a few ideas I’m currently working on. I know that the Commissioner’s Court has been accused of corruption and cronyism. I think this needs to be taken seriously and so I would propose an independent audit be undertaken to identify areas for improvement. Similarly, I would like to see more transparency and approachability from the Commissioner’s Court. To the extent allowed by law, I think all public meetings should be live-streamed and archives should be available online for residents to review. This would allow for more citizen participation as well as holding the court accountable. Trying to get a sense of the court from the published meeting minutes is a daunting task.
Keichline holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management and has over 18 years of corporate Environmental, Health & Safety (EHS) and consulting experience. He is a certified Management Systems Auditor. Keichline has said that he is “committed to using his experience as an auditor to ensure transparent and ethical operations under his responsibility.”
The Commissioner candidate is active in The Woodlands and surrounding communities, having been a volunteer on the original steering team for the Bike The Woodlands Coalition. Keichline is a Life Member of The Woodlands G.R.E.E.N. (GrassRoots Environmental Education Network), as well as a member of the inaugural June 2009 graduating class of the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). He and his wife have two sons who attend a local elementary school in The Woodlands.