Image: State Representative candidate Steve Toth (left) and Montgomery County Judge candidate Mark Keough (right) are two of the leading reformers running in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.
Montgomery County, March 6 – Montgomery County, Texas, faces a pivotal election on March 6, 2018. Will the citizens vote to rid this community of corruption? Will the voters continue to tolerate massive outside influences controlling our destiny? Has this community had enough of the greatest symbol of political cronyism, tollroads? Will the voters defenestrate the Davenport Ring, the corrupt group of politicians (Stephanne Davenport, James Metts, Jason Dunn) who follow the direction of local political boss Marc Davenport?
Will Montgomery County, one of the most conservative and Republican counties in the United States, prove to the rest of the nation that we can take control of wasteful spending of our tax dollars in the Montgomery County government?
Clearly, if the political “establishment” gets out their voters and prevails, Montgomery County will probably head for several decades off the cliff of massive property tax increases, traffic congestion, big city growth with community-wide planning, and a community squarely under the control of County government vendors such as Bobby Jack Adams and his firm Halff Associates, outside real estate developers such as San Antonio’s Rick Sheldon and Minnesota’s Varde Partners, and the outright corrupt such as Marc Davenport and Phonoscope.
If the political “establishment” wins re-election on Tuesday, citizens will have surgically removed themselves from the top of the organizational chart of local governance.
The choices for reform are clear.
Mark Keough for Montgomery County Judge. Keough’s “Contract with Montgomery County” is a clear statement of the principles under which he’ll lead this community – strong ethics, lower government spending, property tax reform and reduction, an end to outside special interest influence, and salary reform. Let’s not forget that the incumbent Craig Doyal is under criminal indictment for official misconduct.
Steve Toth for State Representative, District 15. Hard-charging conservative Toth faces a stiff challenge from the liberal Joe Straus – Austin lobby which has plowed almost $100,000 into his opponent’s corrupt campaign that stands for little more than ceding this community’s control over our legislative representation to a group of liberals with no integrity whatsoever.
Melanie Pryor Bush for Montgomery County Treasurer. Bush is running to replace corrupt County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, the wife of political boss Marc Davenport. If anyone represents nepotism, a lack of ethics in government, and secrecy, it’s the corrupt Stephanne Davenport who won’t say anything unless her husband wrote the script for it first. Bush, on the other hand, represents a large dose of integrity and financial competence, precisely what the political establishment fears most in the County Treasurer’s Office.
Gregory Parker or Brian Dawson for Precinct 2 County Commissioner. Incumbent Charlie Riley’s failure to meet his promises on mobility, his complete focus on defending his criminal indictment for official misconduct, and his corrupt use of government resources for his political campaigns are enough to suggest that “anyone but Riley” is appropriate. Heck, an old couch would be better than Riley. Golly, the “fake tea party” would be better than Riley.
Jim Clark or Bob Bagley for Precinct 4 County Commissioner. Clark has become a much better County Commissioner during the past two years once he got away from the Animal Shelter. Clark has always fought vehemently for the people of East Montgomery County, a refreshing approach that they’ve sorely needed for two decades. Bob Bagley is a good guy who stands a lot taller and with far more integrity than JP James Metts who is one of the most corrupt people holding office in the entire State of Texas. Metts as a county commissioner would turn East Montgomery County into a free trade zone for sexual abuse, nepotism, and financial mismanagement.
Melisa Miller for Montgomery County District Clerk. Miller is energetic, competent, and trustworthy. She’ll be a marked improvement over the retiring incumbent.
Mark Turnbull for Montgomery County Clerk. Turnbull is, by far, the best elected official in Montgomery County and, arguably, the leading County Clerk in all of Texas. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
Matt Beasley for Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace. Isn’t it refreshing to see a really good guy move forward in his career? Beasley will continue the strength of retiring Judge Edie Connelly’s excellence during the past 32 years.
Ronald Willingham for Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace. Willingham has a quiet competence about him. East Montgomery County would see gigantic improvements if they elect Willingham and reject the Davenport Ring’s Dunn and Metts once and for all.
Kristin Bays for 284th District Court. As far as qualification for the job and temperament, candidates just don’t get better than Bays. It’s a civil district court; Bays is a profoundly experienced and talented civil attorney. But let’s not forget another important platform upon which Bays began her campaign: making more robust the financial oversight of the Board of District Judges over the County Auditor under the Texas Local Government Code. Bays is a critical piece to the reforms Montgomery County so sorely needs.
The polls are open on TUESDAY, MARCH 6, 2018, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Please look at your voter registration card to determine your voting precinct number (numbered 1 through 96). Please then consult either this newspaper or http://legacy.mctx.org/election/EDPolls.asp?ELID=54 to determine where you must go to cast your vote.
PLEASE VOTE AND HELP TO BRING REFORM TO MONTGOMERY COUNTY, OUR HOME!
(You may bring this list of candidates into the polls with you.)