The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe and The Woodlands, December 14 – Some major surprises occurred as candidates met the Monday, December 13, 2021, filing deadline for the March 1, 2022, Republican Primary Election.
State Representative District 15
Maris Blair, a longtime lobbyist and attorney who represents taxing authority in ad valorem tax lawsuits, has filed to run for State Representative, District 15, against incumbent Steve Toth in the Republican Primary Election on March 1, 2022.
Blair is a longtime community activist and popular person, who regularly attends meetings of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court and other taxing authority meetings. She is one of the few registered lobbyists with the Montgomery County government.
Blair earned her law degree from Texas Wesleyan University in 2002 and is the daughter of influential Republican contributor Jim Blair and the stepdaughter of Nelda Luce Blair. She has practiced law with the Blair Law Firm.
Toth has one of the strongest conservative ratings among legislators in the 87th Texas Legislative Session. He received a perfect 100% rating from The Golden Hammer and a 94% rating from Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.
Montgomery County Clerk
In other filings, Congressman Kevin Brady’s District Director, Brandon Steinmann, who was born and raised in Conroe, filed to run for the open seat left from the retirement of Montgomery County Clerk Mark Turnbull, who is retiring after 24 years.
Steinmann has a political science degree graduate from George Washington University, received a masters degree in urban management from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a 1991 graduate of Conroe High School where he helped found the High School Republican Club. He is a 6th generation Texan.
Steinmann has previously worked for several Republican Members of Congress and for Rick Perry, when he was the Governor of Texas.
“When I first heard Ronald Reagan put into words the beliefs I held – Faith in God, free enterprise, limited government, the Right to Life – I knew I wanted to enter public service to fight for them and the Republican Party…With the Biden administration threatening our economy, values, and way of life, Texas needs strong conservative leaders to step up and fight at all levels of government.”
His parents are Ray and Jane Steinmann, well known in this community. His brother is local attorney Bert Steinmann.
Steinmann will run against Jeannie Stewart, the Community Center Director for Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack. Stewart ran for County Clerk against Turnbull four years ago in the Republican Primary.