After weeks of rumor buzzing around, Conroe Independent School District Board President Skeeter Hubert has announced that he will be running for Texas House District 15, currently represented by State Rep. Steve Toth.
Hubert has served on the CISD board since 2014, and has been the board president since 2020. Although generally one of the more conservative members on the board, he has often been a swing vote on key issues: sometimes voting in line with district administration and sometimes voting in line with conservative activists.
HD 15 is heavily Republican and encompasses southern Montgomery County, including The Woodlands, Shenandoah, Oak Ridge North, and the southern parts of Conroe. Toth represented the seat for one term between 2013-2015, and has held it since 2019 after making a political comeback. Most scorecards consider Toth to be one of the most conservative members in the Texas House.
Toth handily repelled his last primary challenger, Maris Blair, in the 2022 primary. Blair hailed from an established political dynasty in The Woodlands, so Toth’s re-election victory was notable. However, there are two constituencies who want Toth gone: Opponents of incorporation for The Woodlands, which Toth supported, and the teachers unions, who are upset at Toth over his support for school choice.
Toth is a known commodity in Montgomery County politics, and will be running with the advantages of incumbency. However, as CISD Board President, Hubert cannot just be swatted away, and is expected to run a viable campaign. The showdown between Toth and Hubert over who will represent southern Montgomery County in the Austin swamp is expected to be one of the most hotly contested races in Montgomery County this cycle.
Hubert is holding a campaign launch party at Woodsons in Conroe on April 13 at 4:30. A swarm of supporters is expected.