Monday, May 14, 2012

Montgomery County Commissioner 3 Primary Election 2012


There are two very significant races in the Texas Montgomery County’s Republican primary that should be on everyone’s agenda of concern and contemplation. One is County Precinct #3 Commissioner. With the retirement of Ed Chance, this position is open to be filled by a newcomer. There are many key issues connected to the 2012 election. So, I am focusing on this very important election to the voters living in The Woodlands, Texas, and in nearby areas. Currently local laws, road maintenance, trash recycling, county parks, wildlife refuge, traffic lights (including camera enforcement), permits, and stop signs and county parks are governed by the commissioner. He represents the area covered by precinct #3 for all county services, including the services provided by the county Sheriff’s department. The commissioner has a vote in every meeting of the County Commissioner’s Court, presided over by the County Judge. Until The Woodlands becomes a city or acquires law making powers by the Texas Legislature, The Woodlands will continue to be governed under the county ordinances. Currently the honorable Ed Chance has a background of engineering and road maintenance. He has expressed strong interests in forestry conservation and amenities for nature lovers. With the tremendous growth of Montgomery County, we must have someone competent to fill those shoes.  Two resources that might help the voter understand the responsibilities of Commissioner Precinct 3, is to review the precinct’s website and the Montgomery County ordinances website.
I asked all Republican candidates to answer these questions below, because they weigh heavily on my mind. Some of these may not be an issue with you.  Some depend on where you live. I ignore the obvious questions, which relate to budget and taxing strategies (responsibility: Commissioner’s Court and County Judge), and instead turn my eyes instead toward actual near-term and long-term issues where one person will have significant control or local influence. If I get answers from any candidate, I will share them with you here.

Candidate Questions:

1. Is our Commissioner Court’s meeting place appropriate, considering the aggregation of population in South County? Do you have any ideas to make the court more accessible?

2. Should county taxes be lowered as The Woodlands assumes more responsibility for self governance, including law enforcement and possibly road maintenance?

3. What do you propose as governance responsibilities for precinct 3, as The Woodlands assumes its own law making and enforcement (should that happen in the next legislative session)?

4. What outcome do you see regarding the traffic stop light enforcement by camera during the next commissioner’s term? And strategically?

5. What is your view of speed enforcement using traffic cameras?

6. How should the roads be maintained in The Woodlands? What strategies do you have?

7. Are county taxes too high or too low to maintain the quality of life in The Woodlands?

8. What is your position on noise? Motorcycles, trucks and domestic animals?

9. Do you support the traffic stop sign “California Crawl“?

10.What specific changes in organization do you propose in the services and staffing of our county precinct?

11.What is your position on The Woodlands Parkway being extended to the west? Do you feel The Woodlands should be a conduit of traffic, expanding the road as the traffic increases, to be good neighbors to those of the west? This includes SH 242, SH 2978, The Woodlands Pkwy, Kuykendahl and Gosling.

We could ask other questions, but I peeled these from the top of recent discussions on the role of county government in our community.

Montgomery County Election website

Candidates and their websites
Ordered by ballot position + Website link. Facebook Page

1. Paul Cote , Facebook
2. James Noack, Facebook
3. Kenny Speight, Facebook
4. Brian Dawson, Facebook

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