Image: Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker (at back in gray jacket and white shirt) helped some campaign supporters cook.
Conroe, February 8 – Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker fought back against a misleading blog post in the Courier blog (formerly a newspaper) which appeared on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, concerning the proposed Woodlands Parkway Extension.
Both of Parker’s opponents, incumbent Commissioner Charlie Riley (under criminal indictment) and challenger Brian Dawson, campaigned for the May, 2015, road bond referendum which included the Woodlands Parkway Extension (WPX). Voters in Commissioner’s Precinct 3 (primarily The Woodlands) and Commissioner’s Precinct 2 (southwest Montgomery County), however, led the County vote to defeat the proposed road bond referendum soundly.
Parker has been the only candidate to oppose WPX all along, although, in all fairness, he was not involved in the 2015 road bond referendum.
In the blog post, the author of which was Catherine Dominguez, whose articles often contain factual errors, her strong opinions, and her fawning over “establishment” leaders such as Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal (under criminal indictment), Riley (under criminal indictment), and corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport (under criminal indictment), the struggling Courier blog tried to portray Parker as supporting WPX because he mentioned in two candidate forums that he wouldn’t oppose private land owners constructing a “spine road” on their private property if they paid for the road themselves.
Parker specifically mentioned the land between F.M. 2978 and Dobbin Huffsmith Road which extends westwards from the terminus of Woodlands Parkway at F.M. 2978, the location while Doyal and Riley have recently made clear they intend to construct an extension of Woodlands Parkway under the new name, “Woodtrace Boulevard.”
Parker and leaders of the Texas Patriots PAC approached The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, to clarify the facts, since the Courier blog has become little more than an establishment political campaign mouthpiece.
Parker said to this newspaper, “In response to the Courier’s purposefully misleading article, I have been clear that I am against the Woodlands Parkway Extension. I oppose the Woodlands Parkway Extension for two reasons. First, the voters of Montgomery County have already spoken and rejected that road in the 2015 referendum. Second, I agree with my neighbors in The Woodlands that the Woodlands Parkway Extension would change the character of The Woodlands subdivision into the look and feel of the area around F.M. 1960 in Houston. We don’t need that in Montgomery County as much as Charlie Riley might want to pander to County government vendors and to out-of-county real estate developers like Rick Sheldon of San Antonio.”
“In response to the Courier’s purposefully misleading article, I have been clear that I am against the Woodlands Parkway Extension. I oppose the Woodlands Parkway Extension for two reasons. First, the voters of Montgomery County have already spoken and rejected that road in the 2015 referendum. Second, I agree with my neighbors in The Woodlands that the Woodlands Parkway Extension would change the character of The Woodlands subdivision into the look and feel of the area around F.M. 1960 in Houston. We don’t need that in Montgomery County as much as Charlie Riley might want to pander to County government vendors and to out-of-county real estate developers like Rick Sheldon of San Antonio.” – – Precinct 2 County Commissioner candidate Gregory Parker.
The former two-term Comal County Commissioner and conservative book author added, “Given that the Woodlands Township is looking at incorporation in the near future. I believe it is essential that County government allow the citizens of The Woodlands to chart their own course on WPX, Gosling Road North of 242, and Branch Crossing north of Research Forest.”
Parker noted however, that he does support the right of private developers to use their property as they choose. “Capitalism and private property rights are the cornerstone of a strong republic or democracy. I am against the WPX, so let that be clear. But a developer has the right to build a private road, with private funds, on private land. To claim anything else is nothing short of tyranny,” the conservative Parker said. “Now, when we get down to County government paying for said road through the use of a bond, general funds, or eminent domain, to build a road to favor select developers, as Riley wants to do, that is cronyism, and I’m vehemently opposed to it.”
Longtime conservative political activist, Texas Patriots PAC Vice President, and attorney Jon Bauman agreed, “If James Noack and Brian Dawson agree with Catherine Dominguez, then they are providing the developer and land owner with a cause of action for the inverse condemnation of their property, which occurs when a government entity takes private property without compensation.”
Bill O’Sullivan, often known as “the Sage,” is also a conservative activist and serves as the Treasurer of the Texas Patriots PAC. O’Sullivan added, “I’m sorry to see the performance of Commissioner Noack, Brian Dawson and the Courier in this article to try to deceive the people. Evidently, Commissioner Parker at a Candidate Forum said he was fine with a Developer building a road on his own land with his own money. Commissioner Noack, Brian Dawson and the Courier tried to make that seem like Commissioner Parker was supporting the Woodlands Parkway Extension, which is a lie, and they should be ashamed and issue a clarification.”
“As far as the Courier and Catherine Dominguez, what can I say?” O’Sullivan said. “She should have sought a comment from the PAC but didn’t. She has my phone number but she was too busy trying to write a hit piece against Commissioner Parker to try to find the truth.”
Doyal and Riley on WPX
At the February 23, 2018, candidate debate of the Texas Patriots PAC, the moderator asked “Do you believe the Woodlands Parkway Extension should be removed from the major thoroughfare plan” This question was important, because even after Montgomery County voters – led by voters in Magnolia and The Woodlands – rejected the May 2015 road bond referendum with WPX on it, in 2016 Riley and Doyal snuck WPX onto the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s “major thoroughfare plan” under a different name, “Wood Trace Boulevard.” Wood Trace Boulevard, however, clearly is WPX.
Riley’s answer to the question about WPX was quite illuminating:
“No, I don’t believe it [WPX or Woodtrace Boulevard] should be removed from the Thoroughfare Plan, because the developers on the west side need it. It needs to stay on there!”
In other words, Riley still supports WPX because some real estate developers “need it” even though the voters in his own Commissioners Precinct 2 (Magnolia area) and Commissioners Precinct 3 (The Woodlands) staunchly rejected WPX.
An hour later came Doyal’s turn to debate State Representative Mark Keough, the Republican who is running against the establishment liberal incumbent County Judge. Keough noted that WPX and grade separations for its contruction are included on the letting schedule for the Texas Department of Transportation.
“It’s no longer called Woodlands Parkway Extension but called Wood Trace. In 2016 we see the actual road comes off Woodlands Parkway. It’s there because they anticipate that taking place. Forget about what the people of Montgomery County want. They claim they’re making a ‘hard decision’ about what is the right thing to do. There is a plan [to build WPX] to continue. He [Doyal] told us this road is going to be built.”
In response, Doyal admitted WPX would move forward even though only 9 hours earlier in Commissioners Court he denied it:
“Where Woodlands Parkway is proposed to come out [on the major thoroughfare plan], Woodtrace it’s there today. It’s not Woodlands Parkway. It’s an overpass for the road. Do I think Woodlands Parkway will be built at some point? Yes. 2 years, 5 years, Woodlands Parkway will be extended to 249!” (Emphasis added.)
The moderator then asked, “Should the Woodlands Parkway Extension be removed from the thoroughfare plan?”
Doyal’s response was shocking:
“I don’t think so. In 2006, I got a resolution from the mobility committee of the Woodlands Chamber of Commerce to purchase parcels along the route of where Woodlands Parkway Extension should be. It’s been on the major thoroughfare plan. At some point we will need to continue east-west mobility to that side of Montgomery County from where Woodlands Parkway goes to 2978.” (Emphasis added.)
Keough noted, “He just verified it. Even though the people said this is a mistake. That is not representative government. The document shows the extension of Woodlands Parkway…and the grade separation [as part of the Tx 249 Tollway].”
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