Conroe, July 7 – In a hard-hitting announcement, Greg Parker of Conroe, who is a former two-term County Commissioner of Comal County (county seat: New Braunfels), declared his candidacy for Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner against incumbent Charlie Riley and local businessman Brian Dawson, who announced his candidacy yesterday. Parker, Dawson, and Riley are running in the 2018 Republican Primary Election. “It’s appalling how Riley, as Commissioner, Precinct 2, has abdicated his job duties to the County Judge and allowed the County Judge to try to run the County alone. It’s the job of a County Commissioner to provide project management for roads and bridges in his Precinct and to oversee the operations of the entire County government,” Parker told The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper in an exclusive interview this morning.
“After traveling Precinct 2 and spending a lot of time with my fellow residents, I am humbled to say that I am official announcing my intent to challenge Commissioner Riley for the Republican nomination for Commissioner Precinct 2. As a resident of Montgomery County and of Precinct 2, I have witnessed firsthand the disrespect and disregard for the hard working citizens of this Precinct. With county budget increases of more than 20% over the past 2 years, tax appraisals on the rise, and a makeshift plan to handle all Precinct roads but the 249 tollroad, it is time for a change,” Parker announced.
Tx-249 Taxway and Roads
Parker could not be more emphatic that he opposes making the Tx-249 extension a tollroad. “As a Comal County Commissioner, I opposed tollroads. I’ve always opposed tollroads. There is already a mechanism to finance the construction of the Tx-249 extension, so we don’t need to build it as a tollroad. That’s my track record and I’ll stick with it,” Parker said.
“We need to build roads, but not toll roads. The County Commissioner needs to be more in tune with a detailed mobility plan and not just build haphazardly, which is what we’ve seen the incumbent do. We need a county-wide unit road system with a full regional plan, so the members of the Commissioners Court work together and not against each other.”
“I’m disheartened to say the very least about County spending. It’s been growing at rates well above inflation and well above people’s ability to pay. Some citizens are taxed right out of their homes. I have a documented and proven record of reducing spending,” Parker told The Golden Hammer, in reference to his work from 2005 to 2013 in Comal County.
“While I was a county commissioner, Comal County reduced taxes twice to give money back to the citizens. As a commissioner, I also oversaw turning around the Community Council of South Central Texas, which had major budget problems and concerns about the corruption of its executive director. In eight months, I weeded out the corruption and turned that agency around,” Parker said.
Parker also discussed County elected official salaries. “They’re way too high,” Parker admonished. “I’ll cut my salary at least to $120,000 per year or lower. That’s what a County Commissioner should earn in this community based upon the market value of their services for the population and growth of our County.”
“We also need to implement zero-based budgeting and full transparency in the budget process, which we don’t currently have in Montgomery County,” Parker added.
Parker told this newspaper that he believes the County government is going nowhere on ethics reform which is sorely needed. “I have a track record of fighting nepotism in local government. No immediate relatives of a County Commissioner should work for the County. It’s a matter of ethics,” Parker said.
The candidate added, “We also need to create a better ethics policy that’s more punitive. Right now, the Commissioners Court and the County Judge don’t seem to care. We need Commissioners to be objective and independent on the important issues facing Montgomery County.”
The Golden Hammer asked Parker if he believes Montgomery County should join the other 253 counties of Texas by choosing to follow the legally-mandated provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Riley and County Judge Craig Doyal, along with political boss Marc Davenport, fought to have the Open Meetings Act declared unconstitutional in Montgomery County in the criminal case pending against them. “Yes, Montgomery County should be subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act just like the rest of the State of Texas.”
Parker currently works as an information technology project manager and manages large-scale IT projects internationally. He believes Montgomery County should develop a county-wide technology plan. “Each precinct has their own direction. We need a county-wide plan to create efficiency and save the taxpayers money.”
Who is Greg Parker?
Parker has explained, “I am a lifelong conservative.” He is the author of the books, Global Warming…Really?, a critical look at the myth and liberal hysteria surrounding climate change, and Conservative Essay for the Modern Era, a collection of five essays exploring several of the latest issues (identity politics, democratic socialism, gun control, Islam) “to reveal the liberal hypocrisy and blatant disregard for basic science and facts.”
Parker holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, a Masters of Public Administration, and is All But Dissertation on a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration. He has completed graduate-level coursework at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in finance, public economics, econometrics, and construction management.
Parker served as a Commissioner on the Texas Emergency Communication Commission and as a city manager.
Parker concluded his announcement, “I have a plan and a vision for our County and Precinct 2. I believe it’s time the county created a unified technology plan across departments. It’s time the county not only moves to zero-based budgeting but also brings back transparency to that process. It’s time roads were built with a plan and the citizen in mind and not a profit motive for the County government. It is time for a change, and I’m willing to lead that change. If I’m elected, I will reduce my salary as the first step to reducing the budget. We need to restore ‘We The People’ to our County government. It’s time for change!”