Conroe, March 21 – Conservative GOP activist and Magnolia Precinct Chair Ginger Russell blasted Precinct 2 Montgomery County Commissioner Charlie Riley and County Judge Craig Doyal for their blind continuing push for the $73 million to $85 million, 3 mile, TX 249 Tollway, also known as the Decimation of Hope Highway, even after voters cast Doyal out of office and overwhelmingly voted for an anti-tollroad referendum in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election. Doyal received less than 43% of the vote to State Representative Mark Keough’s 57%. Proposition 2, a ballot referendum opposing tollroads unless voters approved them first, received approximately 91% of the vote in Montgomery County and approximately 89% statewide for the ballot initiative.
Russell wore a “Mark Keough for County Judge…Your Conservative Choice” shirt while she presented her remarks to the Commissioners Court. Earlier, Russell had led the Commissioners Court in prayer.
Russell’s entire remarks follow:
“On numerous occasions I have come before this court asking repeatedly to allow the taxpayers an opportunity to vote on the 249 Toll Road. And repeatedly that request has been denied by either word or inaction on behalf of this court.
“This past August the Montgomery County GOP Executive Committee voted unanimously passing a resolution asking for tollroads to be placed on the ballot giving the taxpayers a voice.
“Thinking this was a positive move for the taxpayers, I posted the results of that Executive Committee vote on my ‘Precinct 2 Commissioner’s Page’ as well as the ‘Magnolia Area Republican Women.’ That posting alone had me banned from both group Facebook pages. Why one may ask? Could it be that my Commissioner is just one out of the three within the county who is not only afforded the opportunity to vote on the Toll Road but has wholeheartedly approved the tollroad while denying the taxpayers the same opportunity, a vote.
“I would like also to note that my Precinct 2 Commissioner campaign manager Kristin Christ controls both of the Facebook pages I was banned from.
“That referendum went before the State Republican Executive Committee and was voted on placing as a resolution on this March 6th Primary ballot. Please note that this was WE THE PEOPLE in actions sending you guys a LOUD MESSAGE ‘WE DON’T WANT TOLLROADS WITHOUT VOTER APPROVAL.
“Statewide, 1,372,554 Texans voted IN FAVOR OF Proposition 2, while only 154,077 voted against it. 91% of Montgomery County voted in favor of Proposition 2.
“The Magnolia area where we have been repeatedly told that they wanted the tollroad made it clear that they do not want the tollroad without voter approval.
“Well, this past March 6th, ‘We the People’ made our voices heard during the Primary Election. We are tired of our elected officials not listening to us. We have made some major well needed changes and we will be given another opportunity to make additional ones on May 22. if the votes go as usual and as expected today, it will only add lighter fuel to the flames of ‘WE THE PEOPLE’ who are tired of being dictated to from this court and not only deserve but are craving true taxpayer representation.”
Russell’s prediction was correct. The Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted 3 (Riley, Doyal, Meador) to 1 (Noack) to continue the TX 249 Tollway project.