Conroe, September 29 – Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Brian Dawson and wife Amber Dawson enjoyed a great turnout for their “campaign kickoff” at Herrera’s Mexican Restaurant on F.M. 1488 in Conroe last night. Many of the political glitterati of Montgomery County attended the event.
Two current members of the Commissioners Court – Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack and Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark – attended the event filled with stirring political rhetoric. Montgomery County Judge candidate Mark Keough, who is presently serving as the State Representative, District 15, and is the Senior Pastor of The Woodlands Bible Church, provided the opening prayer.
Several members of the Shenandoah City Council and numerous citizens of that city came to support Dawson for County Commissioner in his challenge to incumbent Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. Another interesting person who came to support Dawson’s candidacy was Nancy Purvis Farmer, the widow of the late Precinct 2 County Commissioner Malcolm Purvis. Farmer is one of the most popular people throughout Commissioners Precinct 2 and her influence can be very significant for any candidate wanting the support of the citizens of that Precinct.
Gregory Parker has also joined the race for the Republican nomination, which such nomination will decide the election.
Shenandoah City Councilman Byron Bevers introduced Dawson, endorsed him, and explained that he has gotten to know Dawson through Dawson’s work in the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Dawson emphasized fiscal reform and infrastructure development in his passionate speech to the crowd.
“Our Commissioners Court has hidden behind a stagnant tax rate; they didn’t raise the tax rate but they took in additional revenue [through property tax appraisal increases inflicted through the Montgomery Central Appraisal District]. That’s a tax increase to me,” Dawson told the enraptured listeners.
The County Commissioner candidate reminded his supporters of his article which appeared in a struggling daily blog that attempts to compete with this newspaper about the “3-legged stool,” Dawson’s description of property tax appraisal reform, budget growth management, and tax rate management.
Dawson criticized the failure of local governments in Montgomery County to support Senate Bill 2 in the Texas Legislature which State Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) authored to bring certain reforms to property taxes during the 85th Texas Legislative Session earlier this year. “It was unfortunate that SB 2 didn’t have a stronger push from local governments to get passed.”
“We’ve got to have budget management and get control of budget growth. We can’t continue to grow at the current pace,” said Dawson. “My plan is to move the County to zero-based budgeting, predicated on prioritizing cost centers. We need to prioritize what government is supposed to be doing.”
The businessman and longtime Republican Party activist explained, “The major role of our county government is law enforcement and infrastructure, but that’s not always at the top of the current leader’s priority lists. We’re struggling with mobility in Precinct 2…We also need to do a better job leveraging dollars from the state and federal government to bring our taxes back to our community…Everyone knows Precinct 2 is facing struggles right now because of the current leadership.”
Dawson has proposed a mobility plan for Commissioners Precinct 2 similar to the one which Noack developed for Commissioners Precinct 3 which is adjacent to Precinct 2. “I hope to develop a mobility plan that pairs with Precinct 3’s plan,” Dawson added.