The Woodlands, November 17 – Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace candidate Matthew Beasley kicked off his campaign to a packed room of more than 250 supporters in the banquet facility of Herrera’s Restaurant on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. It was a very unusual event, because it had the atmosphere of a get-together among friends far more than it felt like a political campaign kickoff.
One of Beasley’s most ardent supporters, who requested anonymity and lives with her husband in the Cochran’s Crossing Village of The Woodlands, told The Golden Hammer, “He’s [Beasley] such a good person, which is exactly why he’s a terrible politician, and will make such a great judge.” There were many real citizens of Montgomery County’s Precinct 3 in attendance rather than the usual assortment of political types who attend such events. The elected “servant class” did, however, have several representatives in attendance.
The speeches were brief and to the point, also an unusual feature for such political functions.
Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, for whom Beasley serves as Chief of Staff, introduced his friend. “I give you my word that no one will take better care of you than Matt Beasley. Matt’s gonna have your back, he’s gonna fight for you,” Noack told the close-knit crowd.
Noack elaborated, “It’s a double edged sword when Matt will win the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election, because his winning will be my losing a great Chief of Staff. Matt’s work ethic and dedication to the community represents everything that’s good about Montgomery County. He has helped all of us in the Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Office go forward on the path of ethical responsible leadership. Every decision we make is what’s best for the people of Montgomery County, not what’s best for us. Matt has my full faith, because he’s earned it.”
Beasley then spoke to the large group of genuine friends. As the quoted supporter of his said above, however, Beasley’s talk wasn’t as much a political speech as it was simply a good person greeting the people about whom he cares.
Beasley explained, “What I plan to do is what Judge Edie Connelly [who is retiring] has done: work hard, take care of the people, and focus on your job. I believe if you serve the people, they’ll serve you back.” Beasley thanked his sister and father for attending and “all of my tons of friends who are here.”
Beasley explained that justices of the peace hear Small Claims Court civil cases, perform death inquests to determine the cause and manner of death, and handle Class C criminal citations as their primary functions. “Judge Connelly has already done 690 death inquests this calendar year,” Beasley noted.
Beasley ended his brief comments with his slogan, “The choice is easy; vote for Beasley.” The large crowd shook the entire place with thunderous applause.