Image: Three of the leaders of the Children’s Hope PAC, which celebrated a victory in defeating Proposition B, $23.8 Million for Astro-Turf, in the November 5, 2019, bond referendum, although the larger Proposition A passed: right to left, Scott Shaver, Kelli Cook, and Ginger Russell.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Conroe and The Woodlands, November 6 – The Children’s Hope PAC, which led the opposition against Conroe Independent School District’s (CISD) two bond propositions had much to celebrate during the evening of Election Day, November 5, 2019, after the citizens group defeated CISD’s Proposition B, $23.8 Million for Astro-Turf, by a landslide margin of 58.45% to 41.55% out of more than 35,000 votes cast. At the same time, CISD’s $653.8 Million bond package passed with 56.05% of the vote.
Woodlands Township Director and conservative leader Bruce Reiser noted at a conservative rally Tuesday evening that conservatives saved the taxpayers of CISD more than $130 million by defeating the first bond of $807 Million in the May 4, 2019, referendum.
Kelli Cook, a Director of the Children’s Hope PAC, told this newspaper, “Conservatives and the membership of the Children’s Hope PAC have a lot to celebrate tonight. First and foremost, we defeated the plastic grass portion of CISD’s bond in Proposition B with 58.45%, a landslide by any measure. Second, Conroe ISD spent more than $750,000 in tax dollars earmarked for education to win Proposition A. They outspent our citizens group 25 to 1, because we had to use real people’s money, while they squandered tax dollars which should have gone for education. We hold our heads high, while CISD should feel dirty.”
Eric Yollick, also a Director of the Children’s Hope PAC, issued a statement early Tuesday evening, “Congratulations to Conroe ISD for winning the bond election Prop A. Congratulations to the great volunteers of the Children’s Hope PAC and other organizations who fought the CISD bond for fighting for truth and right.”
Woodlands Township Board of Directors
Reiser summarized the result of the Woodlands Township Board of Directors election better than just about anyone else when he said, “This election was great tonight. Now, I feel like I can sleep at night with the election of three great people to our Board of Directors.”
The entire slate, which the sister publication of The Golden Hammer, The Woodlands Residents’ Advocate, had endorsed, won handily Tuesday night. In position 5, Shelley Sekula-Gibbs easily won Position 5 with 48.54% of the vote to dirty trickster democrat Rashmi Gupta and Walter Cook. In position 6, Ann Snyder received 79.32% of the vote against three unknown opponents. In position 7, Bob Milner received 45.79% of the vote against second place Andy Dubois, third place Walt Lisiewski, and fourth place David Cassidy.
Clearly, democrats running for the Township Board fared quite poorly. Gupta, Cooke, and Lisiewski ran expensive campaigns yet didn’t make much of an impact.
Gupta ran a campaign which her dirty tricks highlighted. The downright mean spiritedness of her candidacy clearly turned voters against her.
With this election, it’s clear that placing a referendum on the November 2020 ballot to permit voters to vote up or down on incorporation of The Woodlands is a near certainty, as Milner and Sekula-Gibbs both campaigned in favor of placing that referendum on the ballot.