Eric Yollick, The Golden Hammer
The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper, endorses Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark for re-election in the May 22, 2018, Republican Runoff Election. This newspaper didn’t endorse in the Primary Election, because our staff felt that there were two worthy candidates for County Commissioner (Clark and Bob Bagley) in that race. Clark now faces JP James Metts in the Runoff Election.
The primary goal of this newspaper – and its bias – is to achieve spending reductions in the Budget of the Montgomery County government and to reduce local taxation. When it comes to those two issues, there is no member of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court who has a better record than Clark. Clark was the sole member of the Commissioners Court on September 5, 2017, who had the courage to vote against the proposed Fiscal Year 2018 Budget. Citizens had raised a number of serious and very specific concerns with that proposed budget which County Judge Craig Doyal had only made available to the public five days earlier.
Clark made it clear that he wouldn’t vote for a budget passed in such haste. Clark was correct in expressing those concerns, as the dozens of Budget Amendments that have occurred since then have shown. Doyal, Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador, Precinct 3 County Commissioner James Noack, and Precinct 2 County Commissioner Charlie Riley have put forward dozens of amendments to correct their hastily-passed budget since the beginning of the current Fiscal Year on October 1, 2017. The vote on the budget was – by far – the most important vote, and Clark was the only Commissioner who got it right.
Clark has taken a strong stand in favor of ethics and elimination of corruption in the Montgomery County government. That’s one of the reasons the Davenport Ring of corrupt politicians and elected officials are campaigning so hard for their candidate Metts. They want Clark out of the Commissioner’s Office so that no one will stand against their attempts to take over County government purchasing and information technology. Speaking of the Phonoscope deep fiber optic cable scandal in which the Davenport Ring is working to install an entire cable system throughout County facilities and rights-of-way, corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport wrote on social media recently “Clark can do what he wants he has 359 days left. But others want it, they are going to get it. The network is here…” In other words, Clark is in the corrupt Davenport Ring’s way and they’re moving him out. For that reason alone, citizens should vote for Clark and never consider a vote for his opponent on May 22.
Clark stands directly in the way of the corrupt trepidations of the Davenport Ring. The citizens need to keep the Jim Clark roadblock in place.
Clark also happens to have, by far, the best voting record of any member of the Commissioners Court in The Golden Hammer‘s ratings of those elected officials and whether they follow the Republican Party Platform. While he has fought for spending reductions overall, Clark has consistently supported law enforcement and their need for additional personnel and resources.
Clark has also consistently voted against the TX 249 Tollroad, a $73 million, 3.6 mile boondoggle that offers little, if any, benefit to the citizens of East Montgomery County, not to mention anywhere else in this community. Clark’s opponent in the Runoff Election has indicated that he supports tollroad construction despite the fact that they’re little more than a waste of tax dollars to support political cronies of Doyal, Riley, and Metts.
In recent months, Clark has continued his work in favor of animals rights. Clark is the Chairman of the Citizens Advisory Committee to the Director of the Animal Shelter. Under Clark’s leadership, the Montgomery County Animal Shelter has gone from one of the worst in the country to a beautiful and clean shelter with one of the highest live release rates in the entire Gulf Coast area.
Another issue with which this newspaper has become greatly concerned is the pattern of the past several years of treating East Montgomery County like its some sort of second-rate community behind the rest of Montgomery County. Nothing could be further from the truth. Clark has worked very hard to bring world-class entertainment, medical, cultural, and business venues to East Montgomery County. He’s made clear to those business enterprises headquartered outside of this area that East Montgomery County is a welcoming place with great people who enjoy all that life has to offer.
Clark has spent his entire life in Montgomery County and has shown great loyalty and love for this community. His contributions to children’s programs, to scholarships, and to rodeo programs benefitting the children of this area are nothing short of breathtaking. As a County Commissioner, an active member of the Shriners, and a member of numerous other charitable groups, Clark has made a gigantic positive impact for the young people of East Montgomery County.
Jim Clark is a good guy. He deserves all of our support for his re-election in the May 22, 2018, Republican Runoff Election.
For the purpose of full disclosure, Eric Yollick has contributed to Commissioner Jim Clark’s campaign.