Magnolia, June 5 – Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley announced that he is running for re-election in the March, 2018, Republican Primary Election. “I’m excited to announced that I am running for re-election as your Commissioner. We’ve got a lot accomplished over the last few years and I’m looking forward to continuing my service to Precinct 2,” Riley said.
Riley also announced that he has hired Jeff Yates as a political consultant. Yates has been involved in the Republican Party for 27 years, according to Riley, and served as the Executive Director of the Harris County Republican Party for six years. Riley’s Campaign Manager, Kristin Christ, said of Yates that he’s “a respective strategist with extensive experience in steering Republican political campaigns. We are pleased to say Jeff exceeds all of our expectations.”
Yates also works as the political consultant for Harris County Commissioner “Cactus Jack” Cagle, who works closely with Riley.
Riley has listed as his accomplished several road projects either under construction or scheduled for construction in the future:
- Copperhead Road, the realignment of Nichols Sawmill Road, to connect to Sanders Cemetery Road and continue South into Harris County. (Project to begin this year.)
- Putting shoulders on the current stretch of Nichols Sawmill Road in places where there are none. (Project to begin this year.)
- Widening of Research Forest from 2 lanes to 4 lanes. (Project has started and will take one year to complete.)
- Keenan Cutoff Road widening from 2 lanes to 4 lanes with middle turn lanes in front of two new schools. (Project to begin soon.)
- Rehabilitation of Old Hockley Road. (No specific date for commencement.)
- Texas Department of Transportation’s widening of FM 2978, which he hopes will begin at the end of June, 2017.
Riley faces criminal charges for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act (TOMA) concerning the November 2015 road bond referendum. Riley, along with County Judge Craig Doyal and Riley’s former campaign consultant Marc Davenport, were indicted in June, 2016. Visiting Judge Randy Clapp dismissed the indictments on April 3, 2017, after Riley and his co-defendants argued that TOMA violates their constitutional rights. They convinced Judge Clapp to hold TOMA unconstitutional for the first time in Texas history.
Riley has also suffered criticism from Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and others for his motion to create a new job in Constable’s Precinct 5 which Riley’s wife Deanne filled, for his support of the Woodlands Parkway Extension which residents in Alden Bridge (Part of Commissioners Precinct 2) staunchly opposed, and for his support of the $73 million 3.6 mile Tx-249 extension, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, and one of the most expensive highway projects in American history on a per mile basis. The Decimation of Hope Highway will likely increase traffic congestion in southwest Montgomery County and has already caused the expenditure of almost $13 million of County general revenue funds that could have and should have gone to the widening of F.M. 1488 from Waller County to Mostyn Manor, what even Riley admits is the County’s most severe mobility need.
Riley also faces some social challenges as a Commissioner and member of the Commissioners Court. He does not speak to two of his colleagues, Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 4 Commissioner Jim Clark. According to three confidential sources, it’s Riley’s choice not to communicate with Clark after Clark began to vote against further expenditures on the Decimation of Hope Highway. Noack and Riley have had a longstanding feud ever since Riley fought for the Woodlands Parkway Extension.
Riley also serves on the Board of Directors of the Montgomery Central Appraisal District, which sets policies for the appraisal district that raises taxes for local government spending through the artifice of massive increases in property appraisals (other than for certain political elites).
Rumored challengers to Riley include Conroe businessman Brian Dawson, who helped run Doyal’s 2014 campaign for County Judge, and Gregory Parker, a former two-term Comal County Commissioner and conservative author.