Conroe, January 31 – District Clerk candidate Cynthia Jamieson filed a false Campaign Finance Report earlier this month when she reported $0 of campaign contributions during the period from July 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017. Four confidential sources brought to The Golden Hammer‘s attention last night that incumbent Montgomery County District Clerk Barbara Gladden Adamick, who met with Jamieson in a secret meeting on November 1, 2017, showed a $1,000 campaign contribution Adamick made to Jamieson on December 21, 2017, in Adamick’s own Campaign Finance Report filing earlier this month.
Jamieson failed to disclose any campaign contributions on her Campaign Finance Report, as this newspaper reported yesterday, “Montgomery County District Clerk Candidate Miller Enjoys Substantial Support While Opponent Struggles,” The Golden Hammer, January 30, 2018. Jameson also failed to disclose any political expenditures during the 6-month reporting period, even though she obviously spent political funds on her filing fee to get onto the ballot in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election and on political signs she erected before the end of calendar year 2017.
Jamieson’s opponent, Melisa Miller contends that Adamick had earlier encouraged Miller to run for District Clerk and told her that she intended to retire. Adamick told The Golden Hammer, “While I did encourage Melisa to start to attend Republican functions, I never told her that I was not going to run again in 2018. I’m disappointed in the way that Melisa handled this situation.”
Adamick’s dispute with the loyal Miller
Adamick admits she encouraged Miller to run. Several employees of the District Clerk’s Office have confirmed that Adamick told the employees that she intended to retire and would back Miller as her successor in early 2017. Miller, and two confidential sources inside the District Clerk’s Office, have told The Golden Hammer that Adamick did tell people inside the District Clerk’s Office that Adamick intended to retire and was endorsing Miller as her replacement. Adamick, of course, denies that.
Adamick changed her mind, however, after Miller openly announced Miller’s bid for the District Clerk position. Adamick then met with Miller on May 12, 2017, at 4:45 p.m. and told Miller that either Miller needed to withdraw her campaign or quit her job as Manager of the District Clerk’s office.
On June 19, 2017, Miller transferred to the County Clerk’s Office and took an $18,000 per year pay cut, effective June 30, 2017.
Miller worked for Adamick for 18 years. She is a 1996 graduate of Conroe High School. She rose to the position of Office Manager of the District Clerk, which was similar to a chief deputy position. After the dispute between Miller and Adamick arose, Miller became a deputy County Clerk, which is the position she now holds.
Miller has argued that the District Clerk’s Office requires substantial reform, cost efficiency, and a move towards modern technology, as well as a District Clerk who actually shows up for work, which has been a substantial problem for Adamick during the past several years.
Establishment versus Reform