Candidates for Montgomery County Precinct 1 commissioner discuss county spending, top issues ahead of November election

Mike Midler and Robert Walker answered a few questions related to occupation, experience and county issues. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Mike Midler and Robert Walker answered a few questions related to occupation, experience and county issues. (Community Impact Newspaper)

Mike Midler and Robert Walker answered a few questions related to occupation, experience and county issues. (Community Impact Newspaper)



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Montgomery County commissioner Precinct 1













Robert Walker



R



Occupation: business owner


Experience: private business owner managing a multi-million dollar self created business






What are the biggest issues facing the county in 2021?



RW: The biggest issue in Montgomery County will always be mobility and growth. We are a very conservative county and people want to move here with their families. With people comes more homes and traffic.



Do you see areas in which the county can reduce spending? If so, where and how much?



RW: I will do my best to find ways to reduce spending as commissioner. At this time, I'm not privy to all of the budget information.









Mike Midler



D



Occupation: retired teacher, coach


Experience: Marine Corps Vietnam veteran; budgeting/procurement at Aldine High School






What are the biggest issues facing the county in 2021?



MM: The well-being of the citizens of Montgomery County should be the top priority of the commissioner’s court. This includes taking science-based measures to protect the community from the spread of COVID, protecting small businesses and employees from ruinous financial crisis situations, and preventing homeowners and renters from losing their homes.



Do you see areas in which the county can reduce spending? If so, where and how much?



MM: We should be prioritizing spending while putting a hold on unnecessary purchases. A temporary hold on some capital spending that can wait, like road expansions in anticipation of future expected growth, new vehicle purchases for a year where maintenance allows us to keep current vehicles performing adequately, and freezing county employee salaries until the emergency subsides are ways to conserve resources for high priority expenses. I would also favor the commissioners themselves taking a pay cut.



By Eva Vigh
Eva Vigh joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 as a reporter for Spring and Klein. Prior to this position, she covered upstream oil and gas news for a drilling contractors' association.