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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


 

Politics in Precinct 1....Greg is in, Jack is out, and Tom hasnít said. Thatís politics in the Precinct 1 Commissioners race.

Greg Ordineaux has thrown his hat in the ring to run against incumbent Tom Stavinoha, who hasnít officially declared his intentions but is generally believed to be running again.

Already, one contender for the $100,000 (plus perks) job has bowed out. Jack Molho, who earlier sent out a press release saying he was thinking about running, has decided thanks, but no thanks.

Ordineaux, who lives in Needville but knows a lot of people in all areas of Fort Bend County, is the owner of Tax Tech, which collects taxes for water districts. Ordineaux has declared his intention to sell his business and even has a buyer lined up if he is successful in his bid to be the next commissioner in Precinct 1.

That was one of the first questions I asked him about his business because I donít believe a $100,000 (plus perks) job could be done on a part-time basis. I think taxpayers of Fort Bend County should get at least 40 hours a week for its money.

Other races, other players...Also, in Precinct 1, other candidates have lined up to run. Justice of the Peace Ike Fredrickson, who hasnít said yet whether he is running, will be joined on the ballot by Gary D. Janssen if Fredrickson decides to run.

I like Ike (tee hee) and Gary Janssen said he did too, but he doesnít think Ike will run again. Janssen is a municipal court judge for Needville, and an associate judge for Richmond, and Sugar Land. Youíll notice that an appointed municipal court judge must be a lawyer, but an elected Justice of the Peace doesnít have to be.

However, with the amount of money that JPs decide over now and with the complications that arise in the JP courts today, itís getting to the point that a lawyer will become necessary for JP courts. Janssen is one, but donít hold it against him.

Not if Milton can help it.....Also in Precinct 1, Constable A.J. Dorr will have a challenger. Iíve heard through the political grapevine that Sheriff Milton Wright has vowed to run someone against all the current constables. He doesnít like them because they have the effrontery to bid for the private guard duty with homeownerís associations. Milton wants that for himself and his guys. That means the taxpayers are paying patrol deputies to patrol, and Milton is getting homeowner associations to pay him to assign patrol deputies to their subdivision. Itís kinda like double dipping and gives Milton more money to buy take home cars.

In this case, James Murray, who is a, guess what?, patrol deputy with the sheriffís department, is running in the Republican primary against A.J.

From what I understand Murray is a nice young man, but he is old enough to know better.

A Republican primary? Iíll bet if you check you will see that Murray, if he has ever voted, has always voted in the Democrat primary.

Send Ďem to Austin....All the state representatives are up for reelection and District 27 Rep. Dora Olivo has got herself several challengers.

In the Democrat primary, she is being challenged by Ron Reynolds, head of the local NAACP and past president of the Houston Lawyers Association. This will be a different race than the last one against a political unknown. Reynolds is well known and has a lot of important people helping him.

If Dora survives the primary, and Iím not saying she will or wonít, whoever wins that primary will then have to run against Republican Steve Host, who owns Richmond Coffee Station, Host Insurance Agency and Texas Fidelity Mortgage. From my observation of Host, I believe he is a social conservative Republican who will probably run up against the Richmond/Rosenberg lately turned Republicans who had just as soon vote Democrat if they donít like his Republican message.

That race will be very interesting whoever triumphs in the Democrat primary.

Across the river....Precinct 3 candidates have been very quiet. Commissioner Andy Meyers, J.P. Ken Cannata, and Constable Rob Cook havenít stirred up any challengers yet, although Iím pretty sure Sheriff Milton Wright, who considers himself a political king-maker, will scare up one of his deputies against Cook.

Milton had better watch out as heís going to have a tough race against Billy Frank Teague. Billy Frank absolutely scares Milton to death because they used to be buddies (each knows a good bit about the other).

When Billy Frank first announced that he was running, I heard a new sheriff-generated rumor every week. I donít know if that has slowed down or Milton is just saying, ďNow donít tell Bev, but....Ē

Billy Frank Teague has some good ideas about sheriffing and incarcerating prisoners. Heavens knows we need that. Milton plays golf all the time.

Iíve given up on getting someone to run against our totally ineffective state representative Charlie Howard. Supposedly, the city of Sugar Land gave Charlie a list of 20 things they wanted him to vote on in the last legislative session. He didnít vote with the city on any one of them.

Apologies to Jacquie Chaumette who is running for Sugar Land City Council. Her first fund-raiser/campaign kick-off is Sept. 18 at 7:30 A.M. I think we printed somewhere that it was in the p.m.

But no, itís a breakfast, a guarantee that I wonít be there. Now if itís a cocktail party.....

 

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