Conroe, November 12 – A rush of zealous candidates for the March 6, 2018, Republican Primary Election swarmed upon the Republican Party Headquarters on Saturday, November 12, 2017. “More positive reforms are coming,” Precinct 4 County Commissioner Jim Clark announced as he became the first candidate officially to file for a position on the ballot for the upcoming election.
Even though he’s an incumbent, Clark has made clear that he’s running as a reform candidate. “I wasn’t elected to mark time,” Clark said. “I was elected to get things done – to fight in the trenches and deliver for the people of East Montgomery County. However, doing what’s best for the citizens, and not for crony insiders, doesn’t always make me popular at the courthouse. I have been attacked by the establishment at every turn, and they are going to come at me again in next year’s election – and that’s fine by me. I’ll stand with the families of this precinct, and together we can keep working for the strong, conservative county government that we all deserve.”
Jim Clark: “I was elected to get things done – to fight in the trenches and deliver for the people of East Montgomery County. However, doing what’s best for the citizens, and not for crony insiders, doesn’t always make me popular at the courthouse. I have been attacked by the establishment at every turn, and they are going to come at me again in next year’s election – and that’s fine by me. I’ll stand with the families of this precinct, and together we can keep working for the strong, conservative county government that we all deserve.”
Clark said further, “Montgomery County has seen several conservative victories during my time in office and I am seeking re-election to keep fighting for the citizens. I want to continue to cut spending & lower taxes and I strive every day to make a difference that will bring about positive reform to our County government.” Clark was the only member of the Commissioners Court brave enough to vote against the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget because it failed to address numerous problems which citizens had brought to the attention of the Commissioners Court during the budget process.
Clark explained “Commissioners Precinct 4 covers the cities of Splendora, Patton Village, Roman Forest, Woodbranch, Woodloch, Cut N Shoot, and parts of Conroe and Shenandoah. It also encompasses the communities of Porter, New Caney, Grangerland, Chateau Woods, Tamina, and portions of The Woodlands and Kingwood. We include a huge area filled with great people from all walks of life, and it’s exploding with growth.”
Montgomery County Hospital District Director Bob Bagley also filed for the position of Commissioner, Precinct 4, to run against Clark in the Primary Election. Bagley is running an aggressive grassroots campaign and has called for ethics and fiscal reform of the County government. When he filed this morning, a group of supporters stood behind him and cheered as Bagley submitted the paperwork to Walter Wilkerson, Jr., the County Republican Chairman.
County Clerk Mark Turnbull, one of the most successful reformers of the County government in the history of Texas, filed for re-election as Montgomery County Clerk. Turnbull was originally elected in 1998. Since he became the County Clerk on January 1, 1995, Turnbull has led the movement to automate County Clerk’s Offices throughout Texas. The Montgomery County Clerk’s Office is a model of efficiency and transparency that many Clerk’s Office and District Clerk’s Office have followed as a model. In 2011, Turnbull also took over the oversight of the County’s Collections Department.
Turnbull served as Treasurer of the Montgomery County Republican Party for many years. As his responsibilities as County Clerk grew, Turnbull eventually retired from the Treasurer position.
At 9:12 a.m., Saturday, November 11, 2017, A.D., a historic moment occurred when State Representative Mark Keough filed the paperwork to run for Montgomery County Judge with his wife Kim Keough and his son Joshua Keough at his side. Keough is running a campaign to reform Montgomery County’s ethics and spending practices. At this point, it appears Keough is running against incumbent Craig Doyal.
State Representative District 15 candidate Jackie Waters filed the necessary paperwork to be on the March, 2018, ballot as well. Waters is running against former State Representative Steve Toth. Waters calls herself a conservative and taught in Montgomery County schools for 29 years.
Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Grady “Trey” Spikes and Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Matt Masden both filed early this morning for the re-elections as well. It’s unlikely that Spikes or Masden will face opponents in the upcoming election.
The entire family of State Representative Will Metcalf (R-Conroe), District 16, joined him for the celebration as he filed his paperwork to run for re-election in the March, 2018, Primary Election. Metcalf seemed very upbeat about his accomplishments during the 2017 Texas Legislature and told the crowd that he eagerly anticipates the campaign ahead.
Perhaps, the greatest applause for a filing came, however, when Melissa Miller came forward with her entire family to file for Montgomery County District Clerk. An atmosphere of excitement filled the room. People are ready for change in the District Clerk’s Office. Miller has the inside knowledge but has made clear that she is committed to reform. Miller presently works for County Clerk Mark Turnbull.