Magnolia and Conroe, February 1 – Fresh off of receiving major backing from the Texas Patriots Tea Party PAC announced yesterday morning, Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker received a shock when the Montgomery County Law Enforcement Association (MCLEA) announced their endorsement of Parker in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.
Parker is challenging incumbent Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley, who is also fighting for his political career in the criminal prosecution against him for alleged violations of the Texas Open Meetings Act. Conroe businessman Brian Dawson is also in the electoral contest for Riley’s seat on the Montgomery County Commissioners Court.
In announcing the MCLEA endorsement of Parker, the County’s largest law enforcement association explained,
“Mr. Parker has prior experience as a County Commissioner after serving two terms in Comal County, TX, and brings the diversity of that experience to Montgomery County. Mr. Parker worked with Comal County officials to lower the tax rate twice while he was in office, and states that he believes in cutting spending while still boosting core county functions, including law enforcement.”
MCLEA President Paul S. Hahs, Sr., informed Parker by letter yesterday afternoon:
“After consideration by the Officers, Board of Directors, and a vote by the MCLEA membership, the decision has been made to endorse in your bid for election to County Commissioner, Precinct 2. I am attaching a copy of our letter of endorsement for immediate use, but you should receive a hard copy in 7-10 business days. Congratulations, and we wish you the best in your campaign.”
The Golden Hammer compliments MCLEA for its recognition that “cutting spending while still boosting core county functions, including law enforcement” is both achievable and a worthy goal that merits candidate recognition.
Sources inside MCLEA’s Board of Directors, who requested anonymity, confirmed that several officers and directors of this community’s most renowned law enforcement association are appalled at Riley’s use of his County government email account for campaign purposes. Riley is currently under a Montgomery County Grand Jury’s investigation allegedly for utilizing government property, equipment, and services for private and campaign uses.
While serving as a Comal County Commissioner in the 2005 and 2006 time frame, Parker and some of his Comal County Commissioners Court colleagues became concerned that the County was losing Sheriff’s Deputies because of low pay. “I stood up for our law enforcement officers to get better salaries in the 2005 time frame. Over the course of eight years, while I served on the Commissioners Court, we increased the compensation for our peace officers and were able to bring additional Deputies into the Sheriff’s Office,” Parker explained to The Golden Hammer.
“I am truly humbled and honored to have the support of the law enforcement community,” Parker said. “I have in the past been a strong supporter of law enforcement, and I intend to support them in the future to the best of my ability.”
While the Election Day is March 6, Early Voting begins on February 20, 2018, and will continue through March 2, 2018. The winner of the Republican Primary Election is likely to win the General Election as well in strongly Republican Montgomery County.