Conroe, May 25 – As the citizens of Montgomery County head into the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Republican voters can bask in the great reform nominee slate they’ve chosen as the Republican nominees for Montgomery County government servant positions in the November 6, 2018, General Election. The slate of candidates, almost all of whom are conservatives and reformers, is one of the strongest Montgomery County citizens have enjoyed in several decades.
With the May 22, 2018, Republican Runoff Elections past us, the voters have spoken and chosen the nominees to face democrats in the General Election. Although democrat turnout has not been particularly strong, democrats are fielding several candidates for Montgomery County government positions to face the Republican nominees in the General Election.
County Judge: conservative Republican reformer State Representative Mark Keough versus democrat Jay Stittleburg
Keough, who has one of the strongest conservative voting records in the Texas House of Representatives, won the Republican nomination by a landslide margin over the incumbent lame duck County Judge. Keough offered his “Contract with Montgomery County” as his platform.
Keough’s opponent in the General Election is democrat Jay Stittleburg. Stittleburg has called for ethics reform in the County government and an end to conflicts of interest, both of which are planks in Keough’s Contract. Stittleburg is a consultant in the field of regulatory compliance in the oil and gas industry. Stittleburg and his partner live in Porter.
Montgomery County Treasurer: Republican Conroe Independent School District Board of Trustees President Melanie Pryor Bush versus democrat Mandy Sutherland
Conroe ISD Board of Trustees President Melanie Pryor Bush effectively ended the democrats’ chance of winning this position when Bush defeated incumbent County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, who has inflicted serious ethics problems on herself and upon the citizens of Montgomery County. Bush has an extraordinary background in bookkeeping and accounting. She is the President of a highly successful firm that provides accounting services to small and medium-sized businesses as well as individuals with over 16 employees in two locations in Texas.
Bush ran on a “reform” platform and has definitely shown her readiness to get started in her new job. Her democrat opponent counted on running against the highly troubled Davenport. This election ended the day that Bush won the Republican Primary Election.
Bush and Keough are two great “reform” candidates to lead the Republican ticket in November.
Montgomery County District Clerk: Republican Melisa Miller versus democrat John-Brandon Pierre
The District Clerk’s office has needed serious modernization for well over a decade as well as a full-time District Clerk. Republican nominee Melisa Miller has experience in that office but brings with her a number of fresh ideas to make the place more user-friendly and to make District Clerk files more transparent and reachable. In actuality, no one, including the current incumbent who is retiring, has the vast knowledge concerning how a District Clerk’s Office should operate that Miller brings to the position. Miller is a conservative Republican who is actively involved in the Montgomery County Republican Party.
Miller’s democrat opponent, John-Brandon Pierre, had clearly counted on running against a weak Republican but, instead, got one of the strongest possible candidates the Republican Party could field. Pierre has no background in the court system.
Montgomery County Clerk: Republican Mark Turnbull, unopposed
Mark Turnbull is one of the premiere officeholders of any government position in Texas. He brought the Montgomery County Clerk’s Office into the 21st century and aided in setting up one of the best County government court collections operations in the nation. Turnbull is an efficiency expert, a computer geek, and an experienced conservative leader. He’s an enormous asset to the Montgomery County Republican Party for which he once served as Treasurer.
The democrats were wise not to field a candidate for this position. They wouldn’t stand a chance against Turnbull.
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3: Republican Matt Beasley versus democrat Claire Lindsay
This position is another race where it seems as though the democrats had hoped Republican voters would mess it up by nominating the wrong person. Instead, Precinct 3 Republicans in south Montgomery County nominated popular Precinct 3 Commissioner’s Chief of Staff Matt Beasley, who is also a former Deputy Sheriff. Beasley is easily one of the most popular and qualified candidates the Republicans have nominated for any position. Beasley has made clear that he’ll continue the extraordinarily successful practices of Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly, who is retiring. Beasley has also committed to avoid the use of the costly and corrupt NetData/Graves Humphries Stahl collection system that the other four Justice of the Peace courts are presently using.
Running against Beasley is attorney Claire Lindsay. In Texas, Justices of the Peace are intentionally positions that does not require attorneys to fill them, because they idea is that they are truly the “people’s court.”
Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4: Jason Dunn, unopposed
Jason Dunn, a Splendora Independent School District Board of Trustees member and a Houston Police Department officer, won the Republican nomination for Precinct 4 Justice to the Peace to replace James Metts, who won the Precinct 4 County Commission position. Dunn is a popular citizen in East Montgomery County who has a reputation for independence.
It will be interesting to see if Dunn will eliminate the nepotism of the Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Court and will expand the hours to include Fridays.
Dunn is a close political ally of Metts and of Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden, so it’s likely that those three officeholders will work very well together.
The democrats did not field a candidate for this position.
Precinct 4 County Commissioner: James Metts, unopposed in General Election
James Metts is the Precinct 4 County Commissioner-Elect after he won the Republican Runoff Election on Tuesday, May 22, because the democrats are not running anyone for that position. Metts has promised that he’ll bring reform to the Commissioner’s Office. Metts has claimed that he is a conservative, so there’s some hope that he’ll vote to reduce the out-of-control County government spending.
Metts’ victory speech on Tuesday evening was magnanimous and humble. While he showed great appreciation to his supporters, Metts made clear that he hopes to unify the citizens of Montgomery County behind his reform agenda.
One person who is not on the slate quite yet
Although Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley won the Republican nomination after a difficult March 6 Primary Election and a disgustingly low turnout Runoff Election this past Tuesday, for some reason Riley has already violated President Ronald Reagan’s Eleventh Commandment of the Republican Party: “You should not speak evil of a fellow Republican.”
On the Republican Runoff Election night, Riley declared war against the conservative Republican Precinct Chairs in Commissioners Precinct 2. Hopefully, Riley will come to realize that he should be working for the Republican Platform and agenda rather than against it, as he’d be a valuable member of the County government reform slat for the Republican Party.
The Republican Party elected a strong group of Precinct Chairs to lead the Party’s Executive Committee and its Voting Precincts during the next two years. The foregoing slate of Republican nominees for County government positions is a phenomenally-high quality group of people who will pack a wonderful wallop to the other party party on Election Day, November 6, 2018.