Editorial: This newspaper wishes only the best for those who didn’t prevail in the election yesterday

Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer

The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, wishes only the best in the future for those individuals who didn’t prevail in the election yesterday, particularly the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election in our local electoral contests.

It’s possible to disagree with people’s policies and their actions while in office while liking and respecting them personally. That’s the dichotomy for which we should all strive when dealing with political matters.

County Judge Craig Doyal is young and dynamic enough that, hopefully, he still has a long business career ahead of him. County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport has many good qualities, her health, and a bright future ahead of her. From what this newspaper understands, she also has a very nice son who, of course, reflects very positively on her as a mom.

County Clerk candidate Jeanie Stewart showed an honesty and personal dignity that even her electoral opponent, Mark Turnbull, appreciated. Stewart has a bright political future ahead of her, if she should choose to go in that direction. District Clerk candidate Cynthia Jamieson has a strong reputation as a staff person in the Office of Emergency Management and she’s got a nice family as well.

Jackie Waters has worked for Republican candidates for a long time. She’s been a great leader in the Texas Federation of Republican Women. We should all hope that she continues that good work and we should pray that she continues her good work as an educator and a mother. Jo Ann Linzer is obviously an intelligent and talented criminal prosecutor. There are many people in the legal community of Montgomery County who think very highly of her. Hopefully, we’ll see Linzer involved in this community in the future.

Dan Zientek is a world-class peace officer and obviously a fine person. Our community is fortunate to enjoy his good law enforcement service and to have him involved in our community. Ronnie Yeates is a genuinely nice person who seems to have a lot of competence as a criminal prosecutor. Hopefully, Yeates will remain involved in Montgomery County community affairs. Ronald Willingham, who ran for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, is a super peace officer with a fine record of service in Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden’s Office. He has a wonderful reputation, because Willingham is a wonderful person.

Brian Dawson, who ran for Precinct 2 County Commissioner, is obviously a brilliant person and someone with whom it’s very fun to talk. He obviously has a lot of talent for business and politics. Hopefully, Dawson will remain a community leader here for many many decades. Bob Bagley is one of the most warmhearted individuals you’ll ever meet. His passion for the people of East Montgomery County is intense and genuine. His accomplishments as a community servant are breathtaking.

Montgomery County is fortunate to have people such as Doyal, Davenport, Stewart, Jamieson, Waters, Linzer, Zientek, Yeates, Willingham, Dawson, and Bagley, regardless of whether you agree with their politics or their methods of public service. We should all wish them the very best.




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