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
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
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.....