Conroe, December 4 – Mark Keough, the State Representative who is running for Montgomery County Judge in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, became the first candidate – statewide – to sign “The Pledge” that he “will never support construction or funding of any toll road, unless the voters have approved the toll road by referendum.” Within minutes after Keough signed “The Pledge,” former State Representative Steve Toth, who is running for the seat Keough is leaving, joined Keough by signing “The Pledge” as well.
“I, Mark J. Keough, pledge that I will never support construction or funding of any toll road, unless the voters have approved the toll road by referendum.”
“The Pledge” tracks the language of Proposition 2, which will appear on statewide ballots in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, after the State Republican Executive Committee voted to include the proposition on the ballot in a vote on December 2, 2017. Proposition 2 reads:
“No governmental entity should ever construct or fund the construction of toll roads, unless its voters have approved each road by referendum.”
The State Republican Executive Committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of including Proposition 2 on the March 2018 ballot.
Keough and Toth have both shown substantial leadership in expressing their opposition to the $73 million, 3.6 mile, Tx-249 Tollway, which Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, and Precinct 1 County Commissioner have attempted to foist on Montgomery County despite overwhelming community opposition. At the end of June, 2017, Doyal even lied to the Texas Transportation Commission in Austin that Montgomery County was “unified in support” for the unpopular tollroad project.
Proposition 2 originated in the Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee – comprised of all Republican Precinct Chairs – who voted almost unanimously on August 15, 2017, to request that the State Republican Executive Committee include the anti-tollroads proposition on the statewide ballot.
On August 16, 2017, Montgomery County Republican Chairman Wally Wilkerson, Doyal, and the Courier blog all announced that the tollroads proposition “won’t go anywhere.” Apparently, the vast majority of Republican activists and the State Republican Executive Committee felt differently. Voters will have their opportunity to vote for Proposition 2 on March 6, 2018, in the Republican Primary Election, or during early voting.
Keough’s signed copy of “The Pledge” follows: