Doyal, Riley, Metts hide from answering basic questions regarding Montgomery County government spending

Doyal, Riley, Metts hide from answering basic questions regarding Montgomery County government spending

Image: Conservative political activist Kelli Cook of Montgomery, Montgomery County Chair of the Campaign for Liberty posed the question “What are Montgomery County Candidates Hiding?” after three of the eight candidates for Montgomery County Judge or County Commissioner refused to answer some basic questions about County government spending and taxation.

Conroe, February 12 – Over the past two weeks, conservative political activist Kelli Cook of Montgomery, the lady who is also the Montgomery County Chair for the Campaign for Liberty, former Congressman and presidential candidate Ron Paul’s national organization, sent a simple five question survey to each of the eight candidates running for Montgomery County Judge or Montgomery County Commissioner in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. Three of the eight candidates – County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 4 JP James Metts who is running for Precinct 4 County Commissioner – refused to answer the survey at all.

The five questions with each candidate’s answers follow. The questions are in bold.

#1 If elected to serve as the Montgomery County Judge or County Commissioner, will you make budget cuts to lower the tax rate enough to decrease the property tax burden?

County Judge Craig Doyal: Refused to answer.

County Judge candidate and State Representative Mark Keough: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley: Refused to answer.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate James Metts: Refused to answer.

#2 If elected to serve as the Montgomery County Judge or County Commissioner, will you vote to reduce the salaries of the County Judge and Commissioners in line with other Texas counties with comparable populations?

County Judge Craig Doyal: Refused to answer.

County Judge candidate and State Representative Mark Keough: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley: Refused to answer.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson: NO.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate James Metts: Refused to answer.

#3 If elected to serve as the Montgomery County Judge or County Commissioner, will you oppose any new toll roads in Montgomery County?

County Judge Craig Doyal: Refused to answer.

County Judge candidate and State Representative Mark Keough: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley: Refused to answer.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate James Metts: Refused to answer.

#4 If elected to serve as the Montgomery County Judge or County Commissioner, will you oppose nepotism or the appearance of nepotism?

County Judge Craig Doyal: Refused to answer.

County Judge candidate and State Representative Mark Keough: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley: Refused to answer.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate James Metts: Refused to answer.

#5 If elected to serve as the Montgomery County Judge or County Commissioner, will you abstain from conflict-of-interest votes?

County Judge Craig Doyal: Refused to answer.

County Judge candidate and State Representative Mark Keough: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley: Refused to answer.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson: YES.

Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate Bob Bagley: YES.

Precinct 4 County Commissioner candidate James Metts: Refused to answer.

Conservative political activist Kelli Cook has taken aim at liberals.

Cook said, “The good news is most of the candidates were willing to let you know where they stand on property taxes, bloated salaries, toll roads, nepotism, and corruption. The bad news is some of them are still hiding from this survey.”

Cook was very critical of Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson, a local businessman and Republican activist, who did not answer the question “will you vote to reduce the salaries of the County Judge and Commissioners in line with other Texas counties with comparable populations” in the affirmative. Cook said of Dawson, “That means if he is elected, he wants taxpayers to continue paying county politicians more than our governor and twice as much as the average family paying taxes in Montgomery County.”

Cook concluded, “Their job as candidates is to let us know where they stand on important issues. Our job is to make sure they keep their word.”

Domestic Return Receipts showing Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner, and JP James Metts received the questions in the mail but refused to answer them.

 

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