Conroe and Austin, January 17 – Texans for Toll-Free Highways (TTH) announced two Montgomery County government endorsements, the only two local endorsements the statewide anti-tollroad grassroots organization has included among its list of candidates whom the organization supports. TTH endorsed State Representative Mark Keough for Montgomery County Judge and gave him an A+ rating. TTH also endorsed former Comal County Commissioner Gregory Parker for Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner and gave Parker an A+ rating as well.
TTH reviewed Keough’s and Parker’s voting and action records in their previous positions, State Representative and Comal County Commissioner, respectively, as part of the organization’s analysis.
Texans for Toll-free Highways (TTH) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to educate the public on the government’s new shift away from an affordable gas tax funded freeway system to an oppressively expensive system of toll roads as well as to hold our elected leaders and government officials accountable for their actions. TTH defends taxpayers from the use of controversial financing methods called public-private partnerships (called Comprehensive Development Agreements or CDAs in Texas) and the eminent domain abuse inherent in such deals that involve confiscating private land to give to a private company for commercial gain.
TTH (also known as the San Antonio Toll Party, established in 2006) educated the public about the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), the first of the planned NAFTA Superhighways, and eventually helped pass a complete repeal of the TTC from state statute in 2011. TTH helped secure a moratorium & sunset of controversial public private partnership road contracts in 2007 and was also among the first grassroots groups to oppose the use of stimulus money for toll roads in 2009.
Both Keough and Parker face opponents – Craig Doyal and Charlie Riley in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election who support the Tx 249 Tollway and have said they support tolling the road forever as a means of providing additional “revenue” (which some might call “taxes”) to the Montgomery County government. TxDOT has indicated that it would build the Tx 249 Extension without tolling it, if Montgomery County did not proceed with the road as a tollroad.
In response to getting the news about this important endorsement, Parker told The Golden Hammer, “I want to thank the Texans for Toll-Free Highways and its President Terri Hall for their support and recognition of my fight against tollroads. It’s an important of my campaign to defeat the Tx 249 Tollway and make sure those mobility resources are allocated to projects that will actually alleviate congestion in Commissioner Precinct 2.”