The Woodlands, November 19 – State representative candidate Steve Toth hosted a crowd of reformers for his energetic Campaign Kickoff on November 11, 2017, at the home of Woodlands Township Chairman Gordy Bunch and Michelle Bunch. While the theme of the event was patriotism and community service, it was clearly a crowd of individuals dedicated to the reform of government at the local and state levels in attendance.
The Bunch home was packed with the leaders of the major Tea Party organizations in Montgomery County, the Texas Tea Party Patriots PAC, whose President is Dr. Julie Turner, and the Montgomery County Tea Party, whose President is Patricia Tibbs. The leadership of both organizations came to the kickoff in show of support for Toth and the focused reforms for which he has always stood.
Who is Steve Toth?
Toth is an unusual person to be involved in politics, because his life focus is truly his family and service of his community outside of politics. Steve Toth resides in Montgomery County with his wife of 31 years, Babette, and their three children. He is an ordained minister who has served as a teaching pastor and elder at WoodsEdge Community Church for 10 years.
Toth is an entrepreneur who owns two small businesses, Acclaim Pools, a local design and build firm, and My PoolXpert, a pool maintenance company. While a member of the Texas House of Representatives, Toth gained a reputation as a firebrand conservative. He authored and successfully passed several pieces of legislation, most notably the Federal Firearms Protection Act, making it a Class A misdemeanor to interfere with a Texan’s Second Amendment rights, and the CSCOPE Transparency Act, which brought the liberal indoctrination curriculum known as Common Core under the oversight and approval of the State Board of Education.
Toth earned the title “Taxpayer Champion” and garnered an “A” from Texans For Fiscal Responsibility. He was also named “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition. Among other distinctions, Toth was honored as “Top Rated Conservative in the Texas House” by the Texas Eagle Forum and received a 100% rating from the Texas Chapter of Concerned Women for America. In addition, he obtained the second highest score in the Texas legislature from Young Conservative of Texas and also held one of the highest scores in the Texas Legislature with Texas Right to Life.
Representative Toth has also been a contributor to CNN, FOX News and Fox Business News.
Former Montgomery County Judge Alan B. Sadler began the festivities in a speech for Toth. “Steve did a great job before in the Texas Legislature and will do it again. I’m here to support you 100% again, especially without Joe Straus interfering with property tax reform.” Straus is the ultra-liberal Speaker of the Texas House who has blocked conservative reform efforts. Straus has announced his retirement.
Mark Keough, the current State Representative, District 15, who has decided that he’s needed back home to clean up the mess known as “the Montgomery County government,” is running for Montgomery County Judge against the embattled Craig Doyal. Keough unhesitatingly endorsed Toth and made clear to the crowd that the election of Toth was part of the reform that taxpayers require at the local and state level.
Republican State Representative Valerie Swanson, from North Harris County, explained to the audience that she has known and admired Toth for his excellent service in the Texas House of Representatives. “I like the way he stood up,” Swanson explained.
Woodlands Republican Women President Pat Truesdale called Toth a “conservative warrior.”
The host of the event, Bunch, told his guests, “I don’t know anyone who campaigns harder than Steve even when he isn’t on the ballot. Steve organized a group to defeat the May 2015 road bond referendum.” Bunch also explained, “The Austin lobby is not a big fan of Mr. Toth for the right reasons, because Steve couldn’t be bought.”
The ever humble Toth spoke very briefly. The theme of his brief remarks was that Republicans must be the political party representing the population growth in Texas, especially after 42% of Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick’s electoral supporters in 2014 were Hispanic. “Republicans even won in Bexar County in 2014, because, aspirationally, Hispanic people want the same things that you and I want. They’re strong conservatives, and we need to welcome them into our party.”
“As President Reagan said, ‘we have to stand on our values, bold colors and not pastels,'” Toth concluded to loud applause.
Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon, County Attorney J.D. Lambright, Precinct 3 Constable Ryan Gable, Woodlands Township Directors Brian Boniface and Bruce Rieser, and local sages Bill and Lynn O’Sullivan were also among those in attendance to show support for Toth.