Conroe, January 15 – Disgraced former County Treasurer Stephanne Davenport, who developed a reputation for her fierce resistance to providing the public with “public information” under the Texas Public Information/Open Records Act, has submitted a public information request herself to the City of Conroe’s Secretary. Davenport and her husband, corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport, are seeking the campaign finance reports of and financial records showing City payments of salary and expenses to Conroe City Councilman Duane Ham.
Davenport submitted the request on Monday, January 7, 2019.
Ham, who was elected in 2016 to the City Council, has repeatedly stood up to the Davenports and the Davenport Ring, the group of corrupt politicians who take their direction from Marc Davenport. Ham is reportedly seriously considering running for Precinct 1 Montgomery County Commissioner in the March 3, 2020, Republican Primary Election.
Ham told The Golden Hammer in an exclusive interview yesterday, “This request is a vindictive attack from the Davenport people who are unhappy and trying to make hay out of nothing.” Ham explained, “All of those records are open to the public. I’ve timely filed all of the campaign reports with the city, as Texas law requires.”
The City Councilman said, “The Davenports are trying to derail a campaign I’m possibly looking into for Precinct 1 County Commissioner after Mike Meador retires.”
Ham files his campaign finance reports as a City Councilman and candidate for City Council with the City of Conroe. Additionally, since City Council members receive a monthly stipend and expense reimbursements, there are reflecting those payments to Ham, as there are for all members of the City Council.
Ham is one of several people who are looking at possibly running for Precinct 1 County Commissioner. Meador has told several friends that he plans to retire on January 1, 2021, although he has not publicly confirmed that announcement. Ham has developed a strong reputation for voting as a conservative on the Conroe City Council.
Other potential candidates for the Precinct 1 Commissioner position include:
- Robert Walker, Meador’s cousin, and the owner of Walker Feed & Farm on Highway 75 in Willis. Walker held a secret meeting at Rancho Grande restaurant one week ago at which he announced to approximately twenty friends that he has decided he will run for County Commissioner.
- Joey Ashton, Precinct 1 Deputy Constable and a former restauranteur.
- Dale Inman, Conroe ISD Board member and Southern Baptist preacher.
- Christian Collins, former campaign aide to United States Congressman Kevin Brady.
- Former Conroe Mayor Webb Melder, who is currently President of the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District Board of Directors.
- Harry Hardman, businessman who is a Board of Directors member on the Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District.
Motivational speaker Chad Patterson announced that was was running for the Precinct 1 Commissioner position on June 18, 2018. Patterson confirmed that he had spoken directly with Meador who told Patterson that Meador iss going to retire and not run for re-election. Since then, Patterson has withdrawn from the Commissioner election.
Ham stood up to the Davenports, and they don’t like that
Both Davenports threaten elected officials, such as Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and Ham, who dare even to socialize or communicate with people the Davenports don’t like. Those people whom the Davenports don’t like are, in their view, the “haters” to use Stephanne Davenport’s terminology.
A second method which Stephanne and Marc Davenports utilize to attempt to compete as consultants and politicians is far more disruptive to the operations and management of the Montgomery County government, however. In his own words, Marc Davenport, who sent a lengthy and very threatening email to the husband of one of his public relations competitors (with name of competitor changed to “PR Consultant” to protect the victim) on January 3, 2015, included the following threat:
“Stephanne and I have no social conflicts personally or professionally with PR Consultant and want none, as of right now we know of no conflicts or at least not with anyone close to PR Consultant. So if that develops PR Consultant caused it. People in government know you, not her. My clients will not work with her clients on any level or they will not be my clients. None currently exist that create this conflict. As long as she does not attempt to disrupt or insert herself, there should be no conflicts.”
Stephanne Davenport didn’t like what she saw on May 25, 2017, when Ham dared to appear at a community event with some people Stephanne Davenport doesn’t like. She also didn’t like some other comments which she attributed to Ham, who dared to criticize the Davenports. At 7:17 p.m. that evening, Stephanne Davenport sent a text message to Ham in which she drew a line in the sand in order to express her hatred towards Schoettle and Mrs. X (name changed to protect her), and Ham:
“So Duane, Melanie and…[Mrs. X, with the name changed to protect the innocent] walk into a bar. Dead. To. Me. Steph”
“Ok Steph I’m taking it your mad at me! You call with a problem I try to fix the problem and your pissed at me? Duane”
Montgomery County Treasurer Davenport finally replied,
“Not mad. Done. You can call Marc if you need. Our team doesn’t roll with those who roll with the haters. Steph”
Later that evening, Thursday, May 25, Marc Davenport spoke with Ham by telephone. The conversation did not progress too well. During the telephone conversation, Davenport began screaming at Ham and accused Ham of colluding with Marc and Stephanne Davenport’s political enemies. Ham responded, “Well, you talk to Yollick.” Ham accused Davenport of “blackmail.” At that point in time Marc Davenport screamed a phrase described below and hung up. Davenport text messaged Ham and described the entire conversation,
“You [Ham] accused me [Marc Davenport] of collusion with yollick. I told you to go f–k your self and hung up. If you don’t take pictures of you f–king yourself and send them to me there will be nothing to blackmail you with. Melanie [Schoettle], Nathan [Arrazate], Margie [Taylor, a public relations consultant], Gary [Hinson, a GOP activist and friend of Ham’s], Kristin [Leggett] are a constant source of undermining. You feeding these people and empowering them to continue to try to weaken is the issue. If you act like one of them you will be treated like one of them. Mark”
All of the individuals whom Marc Davenport named in the text message to Ham are friends of Ham. Schoettle is a renowned political consultant who directly competes with Davenport and who managed or help to manage the “reform” campaigns of several candidates, including District Clerk Melisa Miller, County Treasurer Melanie Pryor Bush, 284th District Judge Kristin Bays, and Montgomery County Judge Mark Keough. Arrazate is a photographer who has provided work for ham. Taylor is a public relations consultant. Hinson is one of Ham’s closest friends. Leggett is Schoettle’s business partner and a friend of Ham’s.
The Davenports have continued to work closely with Precinct 4 County Commissioner James Metts, the Family of Felons Living In School Bus that run fake blogs on his behalf, and with Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Wayne Mack, according to several sources who “roll” with them.