Carol Langley, Jenny Stewart on the ballot for Montgomery City Council Place 1

Meet the candidates running for Place 1 on Montgomery City Council.
Meet the candidates running for Place 1 on Montgomery City Council.

Meet the candidates running for Place 1 on Montgomery City Council.



HOUSTON



Montgomery City Council, Place 1










Carol Langley*



Occupation: retired, part-time clerk at Jim's Hardware


Experience: retired from city of Montgomery after 24 years; Montgomery Economic Development Corp. member


Contact: carol.langley@ci.montgomery.tx.us




What are the greatest challenges facing the city of Montgomery, and how do you plan to address them?



CL: We have several challenges, and the No. 1 is water and sewer infrastructure. Our residents and businesses need upgrades to the lines that are existing and for the new growth. The sewer plant is needing an expansion or adding another one to the city. The traffic is another one that the city is working on. Most of our city streets cannot carry the traffic that would be coming with our growth. The city does have a thoroughfare plan and should be updated as needed. I will work with the experienced staff and understand the grants and other avenues to better serve the community.



Why are you running for City Council?



CL: I want to be a liaison between the life-long and new residents of Montgomery and City Hall. I have worked at City Hall, served on council, planning and zoning and [the economic development corp.]. I feel I have the experience to help all residents.









Jenny Stewart



Occupation: horse breeder


Experience: former school teacher, three past terms on City Council






What are the greatest challenges facing the city of Montgomery, and how do you plan to address them?



JS: Reckless spending, infrastructure needs and keeping the small-town atmosphere or feel of this town. I fear we're losing the soul of the city.



Why are you running for City Council?



JS: I'm somebody who will stand up for what's right and what needs to be done. I was the sponsor of Cedar Brake Park, and I secured a half million dollar grant for that park, and I also was the one that got zoning started—the talk of zoning—and made the motion at the council to get it passed. There was no zoning in the town before I was on council my first term. The other thing is I helped broker a deal for the land the new City Hall is on. I was able to help secure that property for $1 from the county. So when I found out that they had spent $750,000 for 4.5 acres, I was very unhappy because nobody ... knows about it. They haven't told anybody in town. I found out from the superintendent they bought it from the school district, and they have no designated use for it. You just don't go out and buy property with tax dollar money, especially that expenditure. And the city didn't have the money to pay for it, so they borrowed it from MEDC. I'm in favor of dissolving MEDC and putting all those funds into the general fund. We don't need goat costumes and $14,000 spent on walkie talkies for events; we need roads, water, sewer. There's an awful lot of other real needs in this town and not what I consider frivolous spending.



Responses may have been edited for length and clarity.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia & Conroe | Montgomery

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor for the Tomball|Magnolia edition. She began covering the communities of Conroe and Montgomery as well in 2020. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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