Image: Harry Hardman (right), who is running for the at-large position on the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District, with one of his top political advisors who also happens to be his granddaughter (left).
Conroe, September 3 – Restore Affordable Water (RAW), a group of Montgomery County residents, business owners, and community leaders who are fighting for transparency and accountability from the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District (LSGCD), announced their first round of endorsements of reform candidates. The citizens of Montgomery County are suffering from LSGCD’s overregulation of groundwater which has forced individuals, businesses, municipalities, and homeowners associations to purchase large quantities of surface water from the monopolistic San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA).
For the first time in history, on November 6, 2018, Montgomery County citizens will have the opportunity to elect the entire LSGCD Board of Directors, which special interests previously appointed instead of electing. The 85thTexas Legislature changed the LSGCD enabling statute to require election of the Board of Directors rather than political appointments.
RAW announced its first round of endorsements supporting four LSGCD candidates:
- Jim Spigener for Place 2 (Commissioners Precinct 2)
- Jon Paul Bouche for Place 3 (Commissioners Precinct 3)
- Harry Hardman for Place 5 (at-large Montgomery County)
- Former Conroe Mayor Webb Melder for Place 6 (City of Conroe).
Melder is currently a citizen advocate on the LSGCD Board of Directors whom the Montgomery County Commissioners Court had appointed after citizens complained that they had no representation among the appointed members of the LSGCD Board. The LSGCD Board’s interests aligned with SJRA’s intent to monopolize consistently outvote Melder and the one or two other Directors who vote for citizen property rights.
RAW President Simon Sequeira said, “We are proud to endorse these candidates who will fight to restore truth, transparency, and accountability to LSGCD and look forward to a spirited debate on the issues impacting the citizens of Montgomery County.”
RAW has announced that it will devote substantial resources to provide information to voters about the reforms necessary to transform LSGCD and the candidates who support those reforms. RAW is also launching a campaign to highlight the records of two incumbent Board members – Rick Moffatt and Gregg Hope – running for election but who have consistently opposed reform efforts.
Sequeira added, “These long time incumbent Board membare, Moffatt and Hope, are part of the problem, not the solution.”
Stuart Traylor, who is running for Place 1 (Commissioners Precinct 1), drew no opposition on the ballot, so he’ll begin service on LSGCD’s Board of Directors on January 1, 2019, as a reformer whom RAW has supported.