Image: Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark worked to get the Texas Department of Transportation to install four-way stop signs at the intersections near the Woodlands Trade Center on State Highway 242 after his electoral loss in the May 22, 2018, Republican Runoff Election.
New Caney and Conroe, June 6 – Precinct 4 Montgomery County Commissioner Jim Clark has continued his hard work for East Montgomery County despite two gigantic setbacks in his life recently.
Approximately six weeks prior to the May 22 Republican Runoff Election, Clark received a diagnosis that he has Stage IV squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck and must undergo intense radiation treatment and chemotherapy for several weeks. Clark began the treatments around May 22, 2018, and will continue them at least through July 6, 2018. The treatments for the life-threatening illness include two 15-minute sessions of radiation treatment each day and chemotherapy for several hours twice a week.
On May 22, 2018, the voters of Commissioners Precinct 4 narrowly gave Clark’s job to Justice of the Peace James Metts who will become the new Precinct 4 County Commissioner on January 1, 2019. Clark lost the Republican Runoff Election that day by 179 votes out of more than 3,000 votes cast.
Despite those setbacks, Clark has continued to work the same long hours he has worked as the Precinct 4 County Commissioner and maintained an incredibly positive attitude.
As for the election results, Clark told The Golden Hammer, “I’m excited for the people of East Montgomery County that they can look forward to a new County Commissioner, James Metts, who obviously is very eager to take on this new job. I wish Metts the best and will do whatever I can to help to make sure he succeeds for the people of Precinct 4 and for all of Montgomery County.”
Other than showing some red marks on his face from the radiation treatment and speaking a bit hoarse, Clark has shown few side effects from the intense radiation treatment and chemotherapy he’s undergoing. “I love my job and will continue to give my all until my last day in office on December 31, 2018.”
Just two days ago, on Monday, June 4, 2018, Clark underwent two rounds of radiation treatment, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. Nevertheless, he attended an inspection of a concrete plant to which some of his constituents had invited him. After the two treatments, Clark then went back to the office and worked until approximately 9 p.m. before he went home for the evening.
“The road bond projects are full-speed ahead. These are exciting times for our community, and they’re not going to stop just because I have a health issue or because of a little election. I’m excited about the widening of State Highway 242, the F.M. 1314 overpass, David Memorial Drive, and the waterpark and other amenities and amusements that are coming to our area. I really can’t imagine a better place to live in Texas than East Montgomery County. Just look at all of what’s happening here, ” Clark said in an interview with this newspaper.
Just recently, and after the May 22 Runoff Election, Clark reached out to the Texas Department of Transportation’s District Office to request that they put up four-way stop signs at the intersection of the Woodlands Trade Center and State Highway 242. “Those intersections are really scary, especially at night. I wanted TxDOT to take care of those issues with an easy fix, which TxDOT’s Adam Galland did quickly.”
As for what Clark will do after he leaves office, he reluctantly noted that he has maintained his real estate license. “I’m totally focused on doing my job that the taxpayers pay me to do. I’ll worry about those later issues when the time comes,” the Commissioner said. “I truly appreciate the opportunity the people of Precinct 4 have given me to serve them. I know the great people working in my office also feel that way and realize that they all work directly for the citizens.”
Clark has said that he intends to attend all Commissioners Court meetings until the end of his term and looks forward to the budget hearings in July. “I was elected to serve for 4 years. The people of this great community will get that from me before I move on to other pursuits.”
As for the cancer, Clark wasn’t in the least bit philosophical about it. “I’m going to beat cancer. I’m having fun in this fight, because I know that I’ll win. It’s like going onto the football field to play a team you know you can beat. There’s nothing more fun than that.”