Montgomery County stands to lose significant clout if proposed redistricting plans are approved. However, little attention has been paid to the issue by the GOP County Executive Committee (CEC), most of whom are more focus on intra-party personal feuds.
Although the CEC has not passed a resolution concerning redistricting to date, the party did send an email blast to its mailing list urging local Republicans to voice their opinions on the proposed maps.
“If you don’t know, our State is in the middle of redistricting,” the email reads. “Unlike the Texas House and Senate, the decision is made by the federal courts if the legislature cannot come to an agreement on redistricting. Federal judges making decisions about redistrcting in our state would not be good for Montgomery County or for Texas!”
“Republicans in Montgomery County need to make their voices heard in this process. Reach out to your elected officials and urge them to come up with a plan that is agreeable so the decision isn’t made by the federal courts.”
The MCRP email then quotes State Rep. Steve Toth (R-Conroe), who has been vocally opposed to the plans in Austin:
“Montgomery County residents are taking it on the chin from Harris county and DC politicians.,” said Toth. “We stand to lose influence in both Congressional District 8 and CD 2. CD 8 is currently a predominantly Montgomery County district. But not if DC politicians get their way.”
Toth explains that Montgomery County would comprise significantly less of the population of both districts than Harris County, and thus be outvoted.
“Under the Texas Senate’s current proposal, the reddest big county in Texas -Montgomery County- would be playing second fiddle to Harris County and represented by congressmen from that county. The new CD 2 would have approximately 89,000 more residents from Harris County than Montgomery County, and the new CD 8 would have 110,000 more citizens from Harris County.”
The email concludes with a call to action:
“If you feel this is negatively impacting your community, please let your elected officials know. At the very least, much of our area is being lumped into Harris County which will dilute our Red vote. We need to email and call elected officials, and post our concerns on social media.“
The MCRP has yet to pass any kind of resolution opposing the plan to carve up the county. It’s CEC appears to be completely paralyzed by infighting. Unless precinct chairs can be convinced that the issue is important enough to put personal disagreements aside and call a special meeting solely to address redistricting, an email blast, unfortunately for opponents of the maps, may be the best they are going to get.
You can read the original email here. Contact information for Montgomery County’s legislators is below:
Senator Brandon Creighton (SD-4)
Senator Robert Nichols (SD-3)
Representative Cecil Bell (HD-3)
Representative Will Metcalf (HD-16)
Representative Steve Toth (HD-15)