New Caney, July 21 – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark has vastly outraised political contributions over his political foes, Montgomery County Hospital District Board member Bob Bagley and Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts. Metts has made clear that he’s running to challenge the incumbent Clark, while Splendora ISD Board member Jason Dunn is running for Metts’ Precinct 4 JP position. Embattled political boss and consultant Marc Davenport works with both Metts and Dunn.
All three candidates filed their semi-annual campaign finance reports last week.
During the six month period from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, Clark raised an enormous $124,128, most of which he raised at his March 23, 2017 ,fundraiser. Over 750 people attended Clark’s fundraiser which filled one of the buildings at the East Montgomery County Fairgrounds. Numerous engineers, real estate developers, and other County government vendors dominated Clark’s fundraising receipts. A plethora of real private citizens also gave Clark smaller contributions varying in size from $10 to a few hundred dollars.
While Clark has not formally begun his re-election campaign, he told The Golden Hammer that he is already working hard for his re-election and looks forward to the campaign. Clark said, “My goal when I sought to get elected was that I wanted to do the absolute best that I could for the people of East Montgomery County. That’s what I’ve done and I’ll always strive to do better and better, so that the citizens get the best County services possible.”
Clark made clear that he will only say good about his two political opponents. “We’re all working to do the best for the citizens and for East Montgomery County. I feel that I can run on my record,” Clark explained.
As of June 30, 2017, Clark maintained $70,890.91 in his campaign account.
Bagley, who is the Precinct 4 representative on the Hospital District Board and consistently an advocate for better emergency medical services and support for the EMS workers, has shown quite a different style of campaign. Bagley has focused on issues and building a grassroots organization. He has not yet had a formal fundraiser, as Clark and Metts have.
During the reporting period from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017, Bagley raised $12,147.56, mostly in in-kind political contributions. Bagley’s financial contributors reads like a “who’s who” list of conservative political activists: Betty Anderson ($50), attorney Jay Wright ($100), Ken Smith ($500), Phil Cady ($150), Dale Fessenden ($50), Kelli Cook ($120), Cathie Adams ($50), and Ike Fluellen ($50), among numerous others. Bagley’s contributions are all in smaller amounts and don’t include some of the large contributions of $2,500 or more that Clark and Metts have raised.
As of June 30, 2017, Bagley had $2,120 in funds in his campaign account.
Claiming that he would bring “change,” Metts, who has close ties to the free spending liberal “establishment” controlling the Montgomery County government, held a fundraiser on February 23, 2017, at which approximately 250 people attended. While the vast majority of citizens in East Montgomery County are quite conservative, they’re not aware of the massive tax dollars Metts has cost the taxpayers through some practices inside his JP office, through the NetData fine and fee collection debacle, and elsewhere.
Metts has told numerous people in East Montgomery County, “I want to be the County Commissioner before I retire.”
Metts raised $48,795 from January 1, 2017, to June 30, 2017. More than half of Metts’ campaign contributions in dollars came from four people:
- James Dowling, New Braunfels, $9,100.
- Mike Postel, Houston, $7,835.
- Curtis and Jennifer Joslin, Porter, $5,000.
- Erik Johnson, Austin, $4,000.
Metts has one interesting expenditure that he reported. He paid his girlfriend and Juvenile Case Manager Dianne Rogers, $5,000 for “event expense” on March 10, 2017. Rogers owns Sweetie Pies restaurant and works as its general manager in addition to her full-time salary as a County employee.