New Caney, January 25 – Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark is enormously far ahead of his two electoral challengers in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. According to Clark’s Campaign Finance Report, which he filed on January 16, 2018, Clark raised $74,305 in political contributions during the six month period from July 1, 2017, to December 31, 2017, and maintained a $50,626.65 balance in his campaign bank account as of December 31. That puts Clark far ahead of his two electoral rivals, Bob Bagley and James Metts.
Clark contributed over $40,000 in charitable contributions during the six month period to Future Farmers of America, the East Montgomery Fair & Rodeo, Splendora Youth Football Association, and other East Montgomery County charitable organizations.
Clark told The Golden Hammer, “I’m very excited about my campaign. It’s enormous fun. The people of East Montgomery County recognize how hard I’ve worked to improve our community and how I plan to continue my efforts to make our home a better place. As for the charitable contributions, that’s just part of my commitment to give to our community.”
Clark’s largest political contributors were $5,000 from MD Martin of Willis, as well as $5,000 contributions from Houston’s James Dannebaum, Varinder Bobby Singh, Inderjit Kaur, and Giti Zarinkelk.
Metts, who is vacating his Precinct 4 JP position to run for Commissioner, raised $14,680 during the six month period but only has $1,709.29 as his balance in his campaign account. Tom Martin of Porter gave Metts $10,000, while Arlan Sorter of New Caney gave the JP $2,005 and Billy Hoppes of Splendora gave him $1,925.
Metts received The Golden Hammer Award for “hammering the taxpayers.” He listed The Golden Hammer as a $2.48 in-kind contribution on his Campaign Finance Report as “1-fake golden hammer used to build campaign signs.”
Metts’ Campaign Finance Report also revealed that, two days before District Attorney Brett Ligon endorsed Metts for Commissioner on December 9, 2017, Metts gave Ligon a $1,000 campaign contribution out of Metts’ campaign funds.
Bagley, who has become a major force on social media, only raised $3,590 in monetary political contributions by December 31, 2017. Bagley’s three largest contributors were Tamara Yollick, $1,500, Kelli Cook, $400, and Dora Murphree, $300. Most of Bagley’s contributions are small dollar amounts from grass roots activists.
Bailey’s campaign expenditures appear to be typical advertising and campaign expenses.