VIDEO: Montgomery ISD board of trustees candidates debate issues ahead of May 4 election

The Montgomery ISD board of trustees has two contested races in the May 4 election.

The Montgomery ISD board of trustees has two contested races in the May 4 election.

Candidates for the Montgomery ISD board of trustees debated the issues facing the city at a candidate forum April 18 co-hosted by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce and the Voter Awareness Council.

There are two contested races up for election on the May 4 ballot. Matt Fuller, Larry Hereford and Kent Pope are running for the Place 6 position, while Gary Hammons and Russel Messecar vie for the Place 7 position.

Julie Cannon, the general manager of the Conroe/Montgomery edition of Community Impact Newspaper, moderated the forum. Click on the video below, taken by the chamber of commerce, to see the candidates’ responses ahead of the upcoming election, and check out the April edition’s Voter Guide for more information on the candidates, polling locations and other races.

By Jules Rogers
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Jules Rogers has been covering community journalism and urban trade news since 2014. She moved to Houston in June 2018 to become an editor with Community Impact Newspaper after four years of reporting for various newspapers affiliated with the Portland Tribune in Oregon, including two years at the Portland Business Tribune. Before that, Jules spent time reporting for the Grants Pass Daily Courier in Southern Oregon. Her favorite beats to cover are business, economic development and urban planning.


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