The Woodlands, November 11 – Jackie Waters will file for House District 15 on the first day of filing, Saturday, November 11, 2017. Waters is a multi-decade resident of Montgomery County and served as the founding president of the Woodlands Republican Women’s Club, and as a Precinct Chair in the Grogans Mill area.
Waters, who taught for nearly thirty years in Montgomery County schools, said, “I am offering myself as a candidate for the Republican nomination for House District 15, because I am frustrated with how we are represented. I’m frustrated by politicians who take our votes for granted and just use this House seat as a stepping stone to run for other offices.”
As for her philosophy, Waters explained, “I am a limited government conservative and have proven my dedication to conservative politics in Texas through my grassroots work in Republican Women’s clubs and as a precinct chair in Montgomery County. But I also understand we deserve to have a State Legislature that is focused on solving problems that make a difference in people’s lives. From fighting for real property tax reform that respects the dignity of home ownership and protecting our state from the violence of criminal alien gangs and drug cartels to fully funding our public schools and demanding more accountability from the organizations that manage Texas water resources, I will focus on delivering solutions and serving the people of House District 15.
Waters has emphasized that being a state representative is not a stepping stone for other political positions. “For too long, politicians have used our House District as a stepping stone to empower themselves instead of focusing not the needs of our District. Should the people of our area elect me to represent them in the State Legislature, I am not only pledging to only serve them and this district, but they will have my commitment to abide by self-imposed term-limits because I firmly believe servant leadership means being in elected office for a period of time and then moving along for the next generation of conservative leaders.
The last four officeholders of State Representative 15 were:
- Kevin Brady, who sought election to Congress in 1996, and now serves as the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman;
- Rob Eissler, who works as a lobbyist;
- Steve Toth, who is running for House District 15 in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election;
- Mark Keough, the incumbent, who is running for Montgomery County Judge, in the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election.
Waters and her late husband Mike were long time activists in Montgomery County Republican politics, the Woodlands United Methodist Church, and with Montgomery County schools and youth organizations. Until Mike’s passing in 2016, they raised three children all of whom graduated from Montgomery County schools. Waters has served as a delegate to Republican Senate District conventions and Texas Federation of Republican Women conventions. The Woodlands Council of Women’s Organizations recognized Waters as a “Woman of Distinction 2001.”