Conroe, November 8 – The political “establishment” fired shots across the bow of Montgomery County’s conservative reformers, with their fight to assist ultra-liberal pro-ObamaCare democrat Carol Stromatt to defeat incumbent Laura Fillault for the Woodlands Township Board, Position 7. Clearly, though, the “establishment” has sent the message that they’re getting organized and taking the threat of reform very seriously.
Reagan William Reed, Republican Precinct Chairman from the Willis area, explained, “The local Republican Party completely dropped the ball in this election. This election for the Woodlands Township where a liberal democrat ran against a conservative Republican, Ms. Fillault, was a total dereliction of duty by Republican County Chairman Walter Wilkerson who would rather allow a democrat win and do nothing. The Bruce Tough-Mike Bass-Amy Lampman Republicans in name only worked very hard to defeat Fillault and get their payback for her sound sweep of Tough off the Township Board two years ago.”
Reed and Texas Right to Life Political Director Luke Bowen both explained to The Golden Hammer that the early voting numbers showed some dramatic trends. 65% of the people who had voted early in the Fillault-Stromatt contest had voted in the Republican Primary Election in 2016, but Stromatt carried the early voting results by a 60%-40% margin, while Fillault barely edged Stromatt out in the Election Day returns.
Stromatt won the election 2533 votes to Fillault’s 2127 votes, of a 54.36% to 45.64% margin. In Election Day returns, however, Fillault barely edged out Stromatt.
The Woodlands Township, Position 7, race, the East Montgomery County liquor referendum in Justice Precinct 4, and the statewide constitutional amendment propositions were the major races before Montgomery County voters. Several municipalities held elections for local positions as well.
The East Montgomery County liquor referendum to permit the sale of distilled spirits (hard liquor) in retail liquor stores passed 1,859 votes in favor to 700 votes against, a 72.65% to 27.35% margin, in Justice Precinct 4.
Meanwhile, statewide, all seven constitutional amendments passed easily, with 84.23% of precincts reporting.
Proposition 1, broadens scope of homestead tax exemption for disabled veterans or spouses. Passed with 638,061 votes for to 103,251 votes against, or a 86.07% favorable margin.
Proposition 2, prescribes conditions, fees, refinancing options, and eligibility for home equity loans. Passed with 509,939 votes for to 252,308 votes against, or a 69.75% favorable margin.
Proposition 3, limits the service of certain gubernatorial appointees after term expires. Passed 611,053 votes for to 123,823 votes against, or a 83.15% favorable margin.
Proposition 4, relates to notice requirements to Attorney General regarding constitutional challenges. Passed 483,023 votes for to 245,598 votes against, or a 84.23% favorable margin.
Proposition 5, relates to permitting sports team charitable foundations to conduct raffles. Passed 436,541 votes for to 280,616 votes against, or a 60.87% favorable margin.
Proposition 6, provides homestead exemption for deceased first responder’s who died in line of duty with a surviving spouse tax exemption. Passed 625,571 votes for to 112,708 votes against, or a 84.73% favorable margin.
Proposition 7, permits financial institutions to award random prizes to customers to encourage savings. Passed 436,132 votes for to 289,042 votes against, or 60.14% favorable margin.
The level of activism among the “good ol’ boy” establishment” was very high both during Election Day and during early voting. In The Woodlands, the Montgomery County democrat party came out in force during early voting to try to bolster the efforts of longtime liberal Indian Springs activist Carol Stromatt.
That democrats and “good ol’ boys” strongly support the growth of government power and government control of economic power and activity make the two groups natural allies. If any group of politicians are “Republicans In Name Only” or RINOs, it’s the likes of Craig Doyal, Charlie Riley, James Metts, Wayne Mack, Stephanne Davenport, Mike Meador, and their supporters. While those individuals sometimes mouth the words of the Republican Party Platform, their actions always tilt heavily towards increased government spending growth and interference in free markets.
Between now and March 6, 2018, the date of the Republican Primary Election, there are many things that could happen, including:
- The filing deadline is not until December 11, 2017, so additional candidates can join the races.
- The legal system could make some statements in the form of the pending criminal actions against certain County officials.
- Some current candidates may choose not to run after all.
2018’s Republican Primary Election, however, is shaping up to be one of the most important in the history of Montgomery County, as there are clear choices in the four major races for offices that affect the overall operations of Montgomery County’s government:
County Judge. Incumbent: Craig Doyal (Establishment/Some Davenport Affiliation).
Establishment Candidate(s): Craig Doyal (campaign consultant Ash Wright).
Reform Candidate(s): State Representative Mark Keough (campaign consultant Alan Blakemore).
Current analysis: Doyal’s legal problems are mounting. The corruption of his County Judgeship has overwhelmed the County government. His terrible government practices have bled over into harm of the Magnolia Independent School District, which is now under a criminal investigation for its involvement with private interests and political campaigns.
County Commissioner, Precinct 2. Incumbent: Charlie Riley (Establishment).
Establishment Candidate(s): Charlie Riley (campaign consultant Kristin Nichole).
Reform Candidate(s): Brian Dawson (campaign consultant Melanie Schoettle), Gregory Parker (campaign consultant self).
Current analysis: Riley remains popular in the Magnolia area, but there are many people in Precinct 2 increasingly disappointed with him. Riley could have been a great Commissioner but, instead, made some poor choices and has suffered distractions from his indictment, the unpopular Tx-249 Tollway, nepotism in favor of his wife, a bizarre series of choices involving his October 14 “campaign kickoff,” and letting Doyal lead him by the nose on important issues as well as Precinct 2 management policies. As one moves away from Magnolia geographically, one starts to observe that both Dawson and Parker are starting to run much stronger campaigns than the “establishment” anticipated.
County Commissioner, Precinct 4. Incumbent: Jim Clark (Reform).
Establishment Candidate(s): James Metts (campaign manager Marc Davenport, Davenport Ring member).
Reform Candidate(s): Bob Bagley (campaign consultant self), Jim Clark (campaign consultant The Crow Team).
Current analysis: Clark is running as a strong incumbent, even though it took him a while to grow into the job. He’s got an excellent campaign apparatus in place and is running hard, while also working on road and bridge projects in Precinct 4. Metts has run a whispering campaign against Clark but has some serious explaining to do about Mett’s conduct as a JP. Bagley is a sincere hardworking person. He is working very hard to garner votes and is running on his record as the Montgomery County Hospital District Board member representing East Montgomery County during the past eight years.
County Treasurer: Incumbent: Stephanne Davenport (Establishment/Davenport Ring member).
Establishment Candidate(s): Stephanne Davenport (campaign consultant Marc Davenport).
Reform Candidate(s): Melanie Pryor Bush (campaign consultant Melanie Schoettle).
Current analysis: The embattled incumbent and her corrupt husband are far more focused on running a hate campaign against those who dare criticize them than on running on any record Davenport might have as County Treasurer. As County Treasurer, Davenport fooled a lot of us into thinking she was doing a good job until her so-called “department reorganization” erupted into a battle of Davenport’s playing politics and nepotism to form an alliance with the incumbent county judge and his daughter (whom Davenport hired to work in her department) while she went to war with the hardworking and very sincere members of the County’s Human Resources Department none of whom are politicians. Bush would be a breath of fresh air in this office, especially because people are very tired of the Davenport Ring and the intense politics inside of the Sadler Administration Building during the Doyal era.