Magnolia ISD, Adcox desperately seek to prevent bond election recount, clearly violate Texas Election Code

Chuck Adcox, Magnolia ISD Board President and drug salesman for Cardinal Pharmaceutical Company, an opioid manufacturer.

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports

Magnolia and Conroe, December 5 – Magnolia Independent School District (Magnolia ISD) and its Board President Chuck Adcox are desperately seeking to prevent a recount of the November 8, 2022, bond referendum. Adcox, who works as a drug salesman for Cardinal Pharmaceutical Company, clearly violated Section 212.029 of the Texas Election Code by waiting almost eleven (11) days before he rejected conservative Republican Cindy Gaskill’s recount petition, seeking a recount of the election, when the law required him and Gaskill to disclose any defects to Gaskill within forty-eight (48) hours of receiving the recount petition.

Gaskill submitted the petition to Montgomery County Elections Administrator Suzie Harvey, whom Magnolia ISD hired to run the election, and to Adcox on November 21, along with the required $2,100 deposit to pay for the recount. Instead of pointing out any defects to Gaskill within the required two (2) days, Adcox sat on his hands and waited eleven (11) days.

Adcox admitted in a December 2 letter he sent to Gaskill that he received the recount petition on November 21. Interestingly, neither Magnolia ISD nor Adcox made his contact information, as the recount officer, available to the public, but Gaskill figured out how to contact him anyway.

In a reply letter on December 3, Gaskill explained to Adcox that he and Magnolia ISD clearly violated the Election Code:

“[Y]ou are not properly following the Texas Election Code – Title 13 – Recounts. We find the following flaws with your letter and lack of proper response as the Election Code requires:

“Your Letter Claims our Recount Petition was not Properly or Timely Filed with the Presiding Officer (Mr. Chuck Adcox). Petition was sent via email to you addressed to both Suzie Harvey and the “Recount Coordinator” (you) before the deadline prescribed in Title 13 of the Election Code. It was your job to then notify me as the Petitioner in a timely manner (48 hours) that defects perceived by you were present. You have failed to notify me as the Petitioner within 48 hours and instead of properly communicating alleged defects, you have skipped that step and hastily rejected the petition without giving the Petitioner (and citizens) a chance to amend the petition per Title 13 of the Election Code.”

Section 211.006 of the Texas Election Code requires prompt performance of election functions. Instead, Adcox failed to meet the 48 hour deadline as well as several other deadlines in his desperate effort to prevent the electoral recount.

The bond passed by a tiny margin of 938 votes out of 26,154 cast. The recount would be the first in Montgomery County history. Magnolia ISD’s $232 million bond gained 13,546 votes in favor, or 51.79%, to 12,608 votes against, or 48.21%.
Under Chapter 212 of the Texas Election Code, citizens may request a recount of an election, if the margin of victory is less than 10 percent (10%) of the winning side’s total number of votes. In this instance, the margin of victory, 938 votes, was substantially less than one-tenth of the winning side’s total number of votes, 1,354.6 votes.
Gaskill and Jennifer Eckhart raised almost $4,500 from local citizens to pay for the recount, which required the $2,100 deposit to force Montgomery County Elections Administrator Susie Harvey to begin the process.
Gaskill, a Magnolia ISD parent, told The Golden Hammer, “Our family has been pleased with MISD as far as our son’s education. He has had some really great teachers and, overall, he has had a good educational experience…My opposition to the bond was for various reasons, especially the way it was structured with perceived and alleged illegal advocacy by the district. I did email my concerns to the Superintendent, but, unfortunately, I have yet to receive a reply from Dr. [Todd] Stephens.”
What is unclear is why Adcox and the school district so passionately oppose an electoral recount.
Adcox’s employer is the manufacturer of oxycodone, a pain pill mill drug. In January of this year, the company joined in a $26 billion settlement with forty-five (45) states suing the company for the sale of highly addictive opioids.

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