New Caney, January 24 – Bob Bagley, current Hospital District Board member, veteran and local grassroots activist, announced his candidacy for County Commissioner of Precinct 4 in the Republican Primary Election in March, 2018. Bagley will face incumbent County Commissioner Jim Clark. There are also rumors that Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace James Metts will enter the race.
In announcing, Bagley said, “East County needs leadership they can trust. I’ll restore public confidence by addressing important issues such as drainage, damaged roads and ever rising property taxes tied to irresponsible spending. I want to open the lines of communication and promote transparent government. The taxpayers are spending too much on the bloated salaries of their elected officials. For years the argument at Commissioners Court has been that we cannot attract competent people to represent the community unless we compete with private industry by paying them higher salaries. Elected officials in Montgomery County earn upwards of $168,000 plus benefits. That is more than twice as much as the average citizen in Montgomery County earns. Inflated salaries contribute to some of the highest taxes in Texas.”
He added, “The debt level in Montgomery County is stifling businesses and property owners. Increased taxes for toll roads, drive the cost of living in Montgomery County higher than ever. Our children that have had the good fortune of growing up in Montgomery County may not have the chance to raise their families here, they will be forced out by the exorbitant property taxes. When you elect me, Bob Bagley, as your Precinct 4 Commissioner, I will work tirelessly to reduce the cost of county government, to root out corruption, cut spending and lower taxes in order to return the county to a sound financial footing. I’ll put my money where my mouth is and lead by example. I pledge to donate, from my own pocket, $100,000 of my salary to various community projects benefiting Precinct 4.” Bagley noted that the County government should direct its attention should direct its attention to the county parks and recreational facilities for families, the elderly, and indigent care. “Local residents prefer to rely on private charity and sponsorships for improvements instead of government taxing. I vow to restore integrity and responsible governance to Precinct 4.”
The Golden Hammer asked Bagley about his position on ethics reform, because Bagley has been outspoken on the issue on previous occasions. “We have today, a county with a reputation all over Texas for greed and corruption. Most of the commissioners are currently criminally indicted awaiting trial. Maybe it’s time to start looking for PUBLIC SERVANTS with a heart for serving the community.”
Bagley noted that he will bring his experience in law enforcement, construction and emergency management planning and training to provide the taxpayers with leadership that will “Make A Difference in East County.” As a former small business owner, Bagley explained he understands the demands of the private sector. Bagley has volunteered as a Boy Scout Leader, a Patriot Guard Rider, with Montgomery County Homeless Coalition, on the Montgomery County Animal Shelter Advisory Board, with local political organizations, and many community based organizations.
Bailey ran for County Commissioner, Precinct 4, in 2014, but lost in the Republican Primary Runoff Election to Jim Clark.