Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Primary Election 2012 Picks

I don't know about you, but I have not yet voted in The Woodlands Texas or elsewhere. Tomorrow or Thursday I plan to cast my vote in the this year's Primary. Those running for Montgomery County precinct 3 Commissioner, ordered by position on the ballot are: Paul Cote, James Noack, Kenny Speight, and Brian Dawson. This is a very strong Republican county, and the local issues are clear in the Republican election. In some of the more contested races, such as County Commissioner #3, there are driving forces that will probably influence the outcome. In the Commissioner 3 race, I see the County Judge's endorsement and rationale for endorsement to be fairly accurate. As far as likability goes, I am inclined to vote for Kenny Speight. However and unfortunately as much as I would like to endorse him, he is supported by influential party people here (see Conroe paper article). To me, that implies in-position control issues, with a high risk to being acquiescent to others, similar in nature to what some suspected of The Woodlands Directors this past year. There is considerable money in his campaign, and he has resided in this precinct for very little time. If I thought the entire Board was behind him, I would likely change my mind. I am uncomfortable endorsing him. He is considered to be hand picked by a few influential people from the heart of the old time Republican party. So I am rolling with James Noack, because it is a tossup to me between him and Brian Dawson, but James has got a slight edge. I do expect there to be a runoff election in this contest.

For Montgomery County Precinct 3 Constable, I favor Lt Dan Norris. He is an exceptional hard worker, has met an incredible number of people and had a long term strategy to be elected. He has stuck to his goal over a year and has won my vote with hard work, consistency and people engagement. His appreciation of diversity will bring ideas and best practices from a number of places. Minorities will be treated fairly. He has sound strategies in place for staffing and training and has a good education and career background to qualify for this position.

I support the re-election of Tommy Williams and Rob Eisler to the Texas legislative bodies. Both will help The Woodlands advance with next step governing needs. I expect both to move forward with legislation to solve our need for ordinances and their enforcement.

The relentless negative campaign from David Dewhurst has driven me to pick Ted Cruz over him for US Senator. In my opinion, he who casts the stone in politics is more likely to be guilty and even pious. Spending so much money on advertising what is wrong with Ted Cruz has an evil flavor of egotism and piousness that is not the mark of a true Texas gentleman, which I demand in Washington from those representing me.  

Kevin Brady should be re-elected to the US House. He has done a great job for us and will continue, by seeking support from all factions of conservative Republicans and conducting Grass Root Town Hall meetings.

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