Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack drops lawsuit seeking to remove Democratic challenger Lore Breitmeyer Jones from March primary ballot

The Precinct 3 seat on Montgomery County Commissioners Court will be on the ballot in the March primary. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
The Precinct 3 seat on Montgomery County Commissioners Court will be on the ballot in the March primary. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

The Precinct 3 seat on Montgomery County Commissioners Court will be on the ballot in the March primary. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

Less than two weeks after Montgomery County Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Democrat Lore Breitmeyer Jones’ candidate filing for the March 2020 primary election, Noack submitted a notice of nonsuit to drop his case against Jones and the county Democratic Party.

The suit, which was originally filed Dec. 16 against the Montgomery County Democratic Party and its chair Marc Meyer, alleged that Meyer accepted Breitmeyer Jones’ candidate filing for the Precinct 3 commissioner race after the legal deadline of 6 p.m. on Dec. 9. Noack, a Republican, sought to remove Breitmeyer Jones’ name from the March Democratic primary ballot. Noack and Breitmeyer Jones are both running unopposed in their respective primary races.

On Dec. 20, Noack’s request for a temporary restraining order against Meyer and the Democratic Party was denied by District Judge John Delaney and a new hearing date of Jan. 14 was set. Noack submitted the notice to drop the suit Dec. 27, effective immediately following its filing.

"Marc Meyer and the Montgomery County Democratic Party have consistently maintained that Ms. Breitmeyer Jones filed her application before the 6 p.m. deadline and that the arguments and 'evidence' that Commissioner Noack brought did nothing to contradict that basic fact," the county Democratic Party said in a statement following Noack's filing Dec. 27.

Meyer, who is running unopposed as a Democratic candidate for judge of Montgomery County’s new 457th District Court in the March primary, said he was unaware of any new information in the case or the reason for Noack’s decision to drop his lawsuit. Meyer said he and Breitmeyer Jones are continuing with their campaigns as planned, with both set to face their Republican opponents in the May general election.

“We’ll be moving forward and be working on campaigning towards those ends, towards getting elected,” Meyer said.

Noack’s campaign could not immediately be reached for comment on Dec. 27.
By Ben Thompson
Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 and is a reporter for The Woodlands edition.


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