New Caney and Magnolia, March 10 – Precinct 4 County Commissioner who faces JP James Metts, and Former Comal County Commissioner Gregory Parker who faces Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley in the May 22, 2018, Republican Runoff Election, picked up major endorsements for the respective candidacies.
Clark running for re-election as Precinct 4 County Commissioner
Former Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler, who retired as a conservative Republican leader at the end of 2014, announced yesterday, “Commissioner [Clark] you have my 100% support” in a public comment which the highly respected Sadler made. Clark had strong support across Commissioners Precinct 4 in his bid for re-election, but no candidate managed to garner the necessary 50% plus one votes.
Clark thanked Sadler and said, “I appreciate Judge Sadler’s confidence in me and have appreciated his great friendship for a long time.”
Metts and many of his supporters had assured the electorate that Metts would win the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election without the necessity of a runoff. Metts barely cracked 40% of the votes, while Clark and conservative challenger Bob Bagley received almost 60% of the votes.
The venerable Ann Carr, who was Chief to Staff to Judge Sadler has added her endorsement: “Judge Sadler has endorsed Jim Clark and that speaks volumes to all that know and remember the many times when he advocated from the bench for East County to have their fair share. Judge Sadler has always stood with what was best for that area and by endorsing Jim Clark he speaking to all of us that this is the best choice for East Montgomery County, Texas. I also support Jim Clark and look forward to assisting in his campaign.”
Clark thanked Carr as well. “I have so much respect for Ann; it really humbles me to receive her endorsement.”
Clark told The Golden Hammer early in the day on Friday, March 9, “I’m excited to have the opportunity to make my case to the voters of Commissioner’s Precinct 4. I promised voters that I would fight to make East Montgomery County a better place and we’ve seen significant improvements during my first term. I look forward to continuing to work to improve Precinct 4.”
Parker running for election as Precinct 2 County Commissioner
Parker received only 87 votes less than Riley in the Republican Primary Election this past Tuesday, while Republican activist and local businessman Brian Dawson came in third place and did not make the Republican Runoff Election.
On Friday, March 9, Dawson and Parker announced that Dawson has endorsed Parker in the Runoff Election against the incumbent Riley. Dawson explained, “Over the last 6 months I have called for Commissioner Riley’s resignation twice. On Tuesday, the people of Precinct 2 joined me in calling for his resignation. I am committed to the ideas and principles I laid out through my campaign; reducing the burden on our tax payers, cutting spending, and improving mobility. I believe the best opportunity to accomplish the goals I laid out in my campaign is to now support Greg Parker.”
Brian Dawson: “Over the last 6 months I have called for Commissioner Riley’s resignation twice. On Tuesday, the people of Precinct 2 joined me in calling for his resignation. I am committed to the ideas and principles I laid out through my campaign; reducing the burden on our tax payers, cutting spending, and improving mobility. I believe the best opportunity to accomplish the goals I laid out in my campaign is to now support Greg Parker.”
Parker responded to Dawson’s comment with magnanimity and graciousness, “Thank you for the kind words. It is now time to come together to continue this wave of change, for a better future for Precinct Two and for Montgomery County.”
Nancy Purvis Farmer, the widow of beloved former Precinct 2 County Commissioner Malcolm Purvis, also announced her endorsement of Parker. Parker thanked Mrs. Farmer as well, “Nancy Purvis Farmer and her husband were a joy to visit with. I thank them for their friendship and for their endorsement.”
Parker also thanked Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack for his endorsement of Parker, which Noack announced on Election Night, March 6. “I thank Commissioner Noack for the confidence he has expressed in me. I appreciate his friendship and his support,” the conservative Parker told this newspaper.