Anti-incorporation forces gather behind Dotson, Hannon to oppose Woodlands formation as city

Former Chattanooga and Houston ISD Police Chief Jimmie Dotson is running for the Woodlands Township Board of Directors in the November 3, 2020, General Election. Dotson is shown speaking to a crowded room of individuals opposing incorporation of The Woodlands on Wednesday, September 23, 2020.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

The Woodlands, September 29 – A reception for Woodlands Township Board of Director candidates Jimmie Dotson and Dan Hannon drew out the prominent leadership of the anti-incorporation forces in The Woodlands last Wednesday, September 23, 2020, in a gathering at The Signorelli Companies headquarters. The event, which former Township Director Nelda Luce Blair organized and which real estate developer Danny Signorelli hosted, included a “who’s who” list of the political establishment opposed to turning the Woodlands Township into an incorporated city, a move many individuals refer to as “self-annexation.”

The guests included former Township Board Chairman Bruce Tough, Township attorney Bret Strong, Conroe ISD Board President Datren Williams, Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack and his Chief of Staff Evan Besong, homebuilder and attorney Bill Leigh, homebuilder and former Conroe ISD Board member Tom Cox, Amy Lecoq, and liberal activist Walter Cooke, among others.

Dotson, former Houston ISD and City of Chattanooga Police Chief, has openly opposed incorporation of The Woodlands. After Signorelli’s introduction, Dotson began his speech, “I’m opposed to incorporation of The Woodlands…You may not be aware of the hidden costs.” Dotson discussed his belief that the multi-million consulting study the Township Board has purchased to support incorporation has many cost factors left out. Specifically he mentioned that the liability for a city of The Woodlands would be “astronomical.”

Dotson and Hannon both emphasized that incorporation of The Woodlands would cause the community to “lose our hometown feel.” Specifically, they spoke of new levies, taxes, fines, and permitting fees residents of The Woodlands would suffer under a city government.

Strong provided the legal work for a new anti-incorporation political action committee, which Signorelli has organized in order to raise funds for anti-incorporation political candidates and to campaign against incorporation directly.

Hannon, a Methodist preacher and the Founding Pastor of Christ Church United Methodist The Woodlands, told the crowd, “As a conservative, I believe in less government and less taxes. That’s why I oppose a rush to incorporation, because we have a unique Township, not a typical city at all.”

Both Dotson and Hannon have said that public safety and law enforcement are high priorities for them, if they’re elected to the Board in the November 3, 2020, General Election.

Dotson opposes incumbent Board member Jason Nelson for Position #2. Hannon opposes popular incumbent Bruce Rieser for Position #4.

 

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