The Woodlands and Shenandoah, January 13 – JP James Metts, who is attempting to challenge Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election failed to attend what may be the only head-to-head candidates forum between Clark, Metts, and MCHD Board Director Bob Bagley, who is also running, when the Montgomery County Eagle Forum hosted a candidates forum on Thursday, January 11, 2o18, at 7:45 p.m. Metts’ spokesman, convicted felon Mark W. Shorten who recently got out of federal prison, informed people on Facebook, “Just trying to be helpful, but if y’all need to know where Metts was during the Eagle Forum, he had a previous engagement as he stated.”
The supposed “previous engagement” was a campaign fundraiser for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Dan Zientek at The Woodlands Community Center at 2235 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands, Texas 77380, which began at 6 p.m., almost two hours earlier, on Thursday, January 11.
In fact, Shorten’s comment reveals that Metts purposefully evaded the Eagle Forum candidates’ forum, which began one hour and forty-five minutes later and was a mere 2.8 miles away from where Metts was to attend the Zientek fundraiser. According to Google Maps – and common knowledge – The Woodlands Community Center is a mere 8 minute drive away from the Shenandoah City Hall where the Eagle Forum event occurred.
Metts could easily have attended both the Zientek fundraiser at 6 p.m., spent a solid hour-and-a-half with Zientek and others, and then proceeded on an 8 minute drive to the Eagle Forum. In fact, Metts would have arrived quite early, because the Eagle Forum candidates forum for the Precinct 4 County Commissioner position waited approximately 10 minutes extra, until around 7:55 p.m., to see if the elusive Metts would appear.
Metts’ excuse for skipping the candidates forum not only reveals that Metts intentionally chose not to face his two opponents or the public. It also reveals that Zientek has close ties to the Davenport Ring, the corrupt group of politicians who are seeking to take control of the Montgomery County government’s purchasing and information technology departments.
A major issue in the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace election contest is whether the Justice of the Peace who succeeds retiring Judge Edie Connelly will continue her excellent use of the high-collection County collections system or whether the successor will instead convert the Precinct 3 JP Office to the terribly costly, corrupt, and unsuccessful Graves Humphries/NetData collection system that Metts, corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, and others are foisting onto the JP courts.
Zientek’s direct ties to the Davenport Ring and Metts are now directly out in the open. Only Precinct 3 JP candidate Matt Beasley has indicated that he’ll not convert over to the Graves Humphries/NetData debacle.
For the full story on the Graves Humphries/NetData corruption debacle, please see “Mad Cow Award” 2017: JP James Metts,” The Golden Hammer, December 31, 2017.